Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan has commented on information disseminated in some media sources about the resettlement of Lebanese of Armenian origin to the occupied Azerbaijani territories after the explosion in Lebanon, said head of press service of MFA Leyla Abdullayeva, APA reports.
Leyla Abdullayeva noted that the illegal activities of the aggressor Armenia in Nagorno-Karabakh and adjacent territories which are kept under military occupation, as well as the policy of illegal settlement, are being raised by the Ministry within the framework of international organizations.
“It is not the first time that Armenia uses the situation in the region for its own nefarious purposes and attempts to illegally settle the population of Armenian origin from some Middle Eastern countries in the internationally recognized Nagorno Garabagh and surrounding regions of Azerbaijan.”
The fact of illegal settlement conducted by Armenia was also recorded in the reports of the OSCE fact-finding missions.
Of course, these acts of Armenia are a gross violation of international humanitarian law, as well as the 1949 Geneva Convention and its Additional Protocols.
The goal of the occupant Armenia is to artificially increase the number of Armenians in these lands, to change the ethnic and cultural features of the territories and thus to realize an annexation policy.
Our serious dissatisfaction with Armenia's policy of illegal settlement in the internationally recognized territories of Azerbaijan, as well as Armenia's intention to use the tragedy in Lebanon for its own illegal purposes, has been raised before the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs.
Armenia must understand that these illegal activities and attempts of the artificial settlement will not yield the expected results. The Azerbaijani population of occupied Nagorno Garabagh and surrounding areas will return to their homes and property, and the occupant Armenia will respond for all its illegal actions.
"Our demand related to stopping Armenia's purposeful settlement policy in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan will be firmly raised further before the international community," an official of MFA said.