Azerbaijan to be forced to take decisive measures in Nagorno-Karabakh

 Azerbaijan to be forced to take decisive measures in Nagorno-Karabakh

The Presidential Administration of Azerbaijan said that the country may take decisive measures, if Armenia continues provocations in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone.

"If the international community continues to remain silent, Azerbaijan will have to take decisive measures to protect the civilian population and put an end to provocations. From now on, the responsibility for this situation will lie directly on Armenia and those who turn a blind eye to its provocations," the President's Aide for Public and Political Affairs, Ali Hasanov, said.

The Armenian Armed Forces have attacked civilian targets in Terter and Agdam regions in recent days. Azerbaijani citizens were killed and injured as a result of shelling.

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 Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.

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