Yerevan set to commit provocative-sabotage acts, breach ceasefire

Armenia has set to commit provocative-sabotage acts, and violate the ceasefire intensively by using large-caliber weapons, trench mortars, grenade launchers and other heavy weapons along the contact line of Armenia and Azerbaijan forces and through the borders of two countries.

Spokesman for Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry Hikmat Hajiyev made the remark last week, commenting on the situation on the line of contact.

“During the last few days, as a consequence of Armenia’s deliberately perpetrated irresponsible and military venture kind of acts, two Azerbaijani servicemen were killed and two soldiers sustained wounds.

Armenia, at the very same time when 22nd Meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council taking place in Belgrade, OSCE Minsk Group Co-chairs holding meetings with the Foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia and at the level of Foreign Ministers issue a statement on the resolution of the conflict, resorting to such provocative acts, aims at deliberate escalation of the situation, by all means disruption of the negotiation process, avoiding any progress in the settlement of conflict and maintaining the status quo, which is unsustainable and unacceptable,” he noted.

Armenia, using exactly the same scenario, conducted large-scale provocative military exercises in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, with the involvement of 46,000 personnel and more than 5,000 military equipment and instigated the well-known helicopter incident following the Paris meeting of Azerbaijani and Armenian leaders.

Azerbaijan has repeatedly stated that in order to achieve the settlement of the conflict and restore the sustainable peace in the region, first and foremost, withdrawal of the military forces of Armenia shall be ensured, as demanded by the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council. Otherwise, all responsibility for the current situation lies with Armenia, as an aggressor and occupant state, Hajiyev stressed.

Despite calls by the international community to abide by the ceasefire agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Yerevan ignores them deteriorating situation even more.

Armenia and Azerbaijan fought a lengthy war that ended with the signing of a fragile ceasefire in 1994. More than 20,000 Azerbaijanis were killed and over 1 million were displaced as a result of the large-scale hostilities. Since the war, Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan’s territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding regions. Armenia continues the occupation in defiance of four UN Security Council resolutions calling for immediate and unconditional withdrawal.

Peace talks brokered by mediators from Russia, France and the U.S. have produced no results so far.