The Ministry of Foreign Affairs accuses Armenia of the regime in Karabakh
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan stated that there are more than 10,000 Armenian militants in Karabakh, where Russian peacekeepers are temporarily stationed.
This was reported on September 19 at the briefing held by the ministry for the diplomatic corps accredited in Azerbaijan on the latest situation in the region.
Assistant to the President Hikmet Hajiyev, representative of the President on special tasks Elchin Amirbeyov and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Fariz Rzayev took part in the event. they did.
It was noted that there are more than a hundred tanks and other armored vehicles, more than two hundred heavy artillery installations, including volley rocket systems, dozens of different radio-electronic combat systems and more than two hundred mortar systems in the region.
Government officials said that despite all the efforts made by Azerbaijan through its international partners, Armenia and the so-called regime it established in the sovereign territories of Azerbaijan continue to undermine the normalization process and reject all proposals aimed at reducing tensions:
“On the contrary, Azerbaijan is facing the provocative steps of the other party. The so-called “presidential elections” in the Karabakh region are a clear example of this. Despite all the messages of Azerbaijan, the Armenian side did not turn from its path. Turkey, Pakistan, Ukraine, Great Britain, Georgia, Moldova, Romania, Hungary, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Germany, the United States, Iran, as well as international organizations such as the United Nations, the Organization of Turkic States, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and the European Union have issued statements on the so-called and condemned illegal “elections” and did not recognize its legitimacy.
It was also mentioned in the briefing that in the last few months, efforts aimed at delivering goods to Armenian residents using the Aghdam-Khankendi and Lachin-Khankendi roads through Russia, the United States and the European Union have been continued:
“Calls for the transition were made in statements made by the press secretary of the US State Department, the Russian Foreign Ministry, and the press secretary of the President of the Council of the European Union, as well as in speeches during the meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council on September 12. Although there was a common expectation of all involved parties that there would be an impetus for implementation, these hopes were once again in vain.”
It was stated at the event that Armenia’s continuous objection to the opening of the mentioned roads is only political in nature and has nothing to do with any “humanitarian crisis” issue:
“Armenia’s goal is to preserve the tools and means to incite separatism on the territory of Azerbaijan. Ordinary residents are kept as hostages of this political adventure. In this regard, the recent public hearing in the US Senate was nothing more than a show organized to please the Armenian lobby. “Unfortunately, the representative of the State Department joined the one-sided anti-Azerbaijani statements encouraged by Armenian lobbyists.”
“On September 17, we received preliminary information from the ICRC about Armenia’s agreement to receive goods through the parallel passage from the Aghdam-Khankendi and Lachin-Khankendi roads. Today, after receiving the ICRC’s verbal note about the crossing, at 7 o’clock we were able to arrange the simultaneous passage of two ICRC vehicles, one on the Aghdam-Khankendi road and the other on the Lachin-Khankendi road. demonstrated that there is no basis. At the same time, the issue of cargo delivery is not isolated from the increasing military and political provocations of Armenia targeting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan. – it was emphasized in the briefing.
In the end, the Azerbaijani officials noted that Baku demands the immediate withdrawal of the personnel of its armed forces from Yerevan:
“In this case, amnesty can be applied to the so-called “representatives” of the regime.”
A brief chronicle of the conflict
The initial stage of the Karabakh conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia began in 1988.
During the First Karabakh War, which began with Armenia’s territorial claims to Azerbaijan and ended with the ceasefire agreement signed in 1994, the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan and 7 adjacent districts were occupied.
As a result of the 44-day Second Karabakh war between the armed forces of Azerbaijan and Armenia in September 2020, Azerbaijan regained control over a part of Karabakh and 7 surrounding districts.
Russian peacekeepers have been deployed in the Lachin Corridor and the contact line in Karabakh after the fighting was stopped by a tripartite joint statement signed by the leaders of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia.
At the current stage, the ceasefire is often violated in the area, and even battles that last for days take place.
As a result, both sides lose and blame each other for it.