Azerbaijani Foreign Minister discusses attacks on Barda with British minister
Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov had a telephone conversation with Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Minister for European Neighborhood, and the Americas of the United Kingdom, Wendy Morton, according to the Azerbaijani Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Azerbaijani minister informed his interlocutor on the deliberate targeting of civilian Azerbaijani population in gross violation of the agreed ceasefire for the third time, as well as the norms of international humanitarian law. He stressed that Armenia’s missile attacks at the Barda city situated far away from the conflict zone constitutes a war crime and crime against humanity.
Bayramov emphasized that Armenian leadership bears full responsibility for the heinous attacks against the peaceful population of Azerbaijan.
Wendy Morton, in her turn, expressed serious concern over the civilian casualties and noted the inadmissibility of attacks against civilians, and stressed the importance of decreasing tensions in the region.
The Armenian armed forces committed a large-scale provocation, subjecting the positions of the Azerbaijani army to intensive shelling from large-caliber weapons, mortars, and artillery installations of various calibers in the front-line zone on Sept. 27 at 05:00 (Msk). The command of the Azerbaijani Army decided to launch a counter-offensive operation of Azerbaijani troops along the entire front to suppress the combat activity of the Armenian armed forces and ensure the safety of the civilian population. To date, Fizuli and Jabrayil districts, including the cities of Jabrayil and Fizuli, the city of Zangilan and part of Zangilan district, part of the Gubaldi region, the city of Gubadli, the city of Hadrut and a number of villages in the Khojavend region, the villages of Sugovushan and Talish in the Terter region, as well as the strategically important Murovdag mountain were liberated.