Criminal case on Armenia’s using chemical weapon opened

Criminal case on Armenia’s using chemical weapon opened

Azerbaijan has initiated a criminal case on the use of chemical weapon against the civilian population by Armenia, the Military Prosecutor's Office said.

Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA) discovered an unexploded phosphorus artillery shell in Terter’s Eskipara village, APA reports.
Preliminary investigation made it clear that the unexploded shell found in the Eskipara village is a type of munitions – a 122-mm D-4 (smoke shell) artillery shell with 3.6kg P-4 (chemical code of white phosphorous) chemical composition inside.
By using such types of shells, Armenia violates the Geneva Conventions for the protection of war victims, the Protocol Additional to these conventions, as well as the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons and the UN Convention on the Prohibition of the production and use of chemical weapons.
Armenian armed forces, by ignoring the norms of international humanitarian law, continue to use such types of weapons not only during the shelling of Azerbaijani army positions, but also the settlements and civilians. 

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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