Foreign diplomats visit frontline in Nagorno-Karabakh
The delegation includes ambassadors of Turkey, Romania, Russia, Pakistan, Italy, Norway, Afghanistan, Palestine, Spain, deputy chief of mission of France, as well as military attaches of the US and the UK, APA’s correspondent reports.
The main purpose of the trip is to review the humanitarian and social consequences of heavy shelling by Armenian armed forces of Azerbaijani settlements, private and state-owned facilities, as well as army positions in April 2016.
One of the purposes of the trip of about 80 representatives including heads of diplomatic missions and military attaches is to provide the countries that the diplomats represent with objective information about the current situation along the contact line between Armenian and Azerbaijani troops.
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.
Three weeks after the new truce between the parties of the conflict the Armenian Armed Forces shelled peaceful Azerbaijani villages and the town of Terter. Two villagers of Chemenli in the Agdam region were killed: Famil Mustafayev and Ali Huseynov. Anar Abdullayev, Zahid Rahimov, Sirdash Kerimov and Ail Mammadov and the resident of Efendi Elnur Mammadov, the resident of Garadagli Elgiz Garayev and resident Zangyushaly Magomedali Imanov were wounded by their neighbors.
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.