Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry: Armenia commits military crime shelling Azerbaijani villages
Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry accused Armenia of violating international law. The Azerbaijani foreign ministry’s spokesman, Hikmet Hajiyev, said that the Armenian armed forces shelled civilians in the Azerbaijani Terter and Agdam regions starting from April 27th evening until 04:00 (GMT + 4 hours) on April 28th.
"Armenia has violated the international law and committed crime against the Azerbaijani civilians during the last days. That's why Armenia and its leaders are directly responsible for it," he said.
Recall, on the night of April 2 all frontier positions of Azerbaijan were exposed to heavy fire from large-caliber weapons, mortars, grenade launchers and guns. In addition, Azerbaijani settlements near the front line, densely populated by civilians, were shelled.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20% of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.