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Azerbaijani foreign ministry, defense ministry issue joint statement

Azerbaijani foreign ministry, defense ministry issue joint statement

Politics
26 July 2017, 14:40 693
Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defense have issued a joint statement, the Foreign Ministry told APA.
 
The statement reads as follows:
 
"The intensive violation of the ceasefire regime by Armenian armed forces with heavy weapons and armed provocations along the contact line of troops and the Armenia-Azerbaijan state border are continuing.
 
Armenian armed forces are deliberately and systematically targeting Azerbaijani army positions, as well as civilians and civil facilities residential areas.”
 
"Everybody knows about murder of 51-years-old Allahverdiyeva Sahiba and her 2-years-old granddaughter Guliyeva Zahra, the serious wound sustained by 52-years-old Quliyeva Sarvinaz in Alkhanly village of Fizuli district on July 4 as a consequence of cruel acts of Armenia which are condemned by the entire international community. 
 
On July 25, Armenia’s armed forces used a combat UAV and dropped shells filled with explosives and metal fragments on a position of our armed forces.
 
Such provocations of Armenia, which intensified in June and July, are being carried systematically and intentionally on the background of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs’ visit to the region, meetings on the resolution of the conflict, strict calls on negotiations from the OSCE Minsk group co-chairs and the international community. Such malicious acts Armenia resorts to are accompanied by politically instigative steps.
 
This is proven by the "presidential” election—which was rejected by the international community—in the illegitimate "parliament” of the so-called regime created by Armenia in occupied territories of Azerbaijan.
 
Thus, the chronicle of events proves that while Azerbaijan is stepping up its efforts to achieve a negotiated resolution of the conflict with the support of the international community, Armenia is busy carrying out provocations to hamper these negotiations, keep the status quo and escalate the situation on purpose. These acts of Armenia must be condemned by the international community. Otherwise, Armenia will undertake a new military adventure.
 
Armenia’s violation of the norms and principles of international law, as well as its war against Azerbaijan and the ongoing occupation of Azerbaijani territories violates the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Azerbaijan, posing a serious threat to peace in the region. 
 
To put an end to the conflict, to restore peace and tranquility, the withdrawal of Armenian troops from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan is an absolute necessity.
 
Despite the efforts of the Armenian propaganda machine, irrefutable facts show that Armenia and its armed forces have committed aggression against Azerbaijan, occupying its territory and carrying out ethnic cleansing against its population.
 
The Armed Forces of the Republic of Azerbaijan are taking and will continue taking all necessary measures in order to prevent Armenian provocations and ensure security of Azerbaijan’s civilian population along the line of contact.
 
We reiterate that Armenia bears full responsibility for the provocations committed and the consequences of the continuing occupation of Azerbaijani territories," the statement says.