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Armenian provocation to be raised at international organizations

05 October 2017 [15:45] - TODAY.AZ

By Azernews

By Rashid Shirinov

Armenia’s looting of property in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, exploitation of natural resources, destruction and appropriation of material and cultural wealth belonging to the Azerbaijani people, an unsuccessful attempt to change the demographic situation and other illegal acts constitute a gross violation of international humanitarian law, including the commitments Armenia undertook under the Geneva Convention.

Spokesman for the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Hikmet Hajiyev said this in his interview with APA on October 5, commenting on the recent Armenian provocation against Azerbaijan. The Armenians have held an opening ceremony of St. Mary’s Church built in Azerbaijan’s Jabrayil region now occupied by Armenia.

Hajiyev noted that Armenia’s misappropriating of Albanians’ historical Christian heritage and temples in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, and the construction of a Church in the occupied Jabrayil region, which have never been inhabited by Armenians, are an intentional giving of a religious color to the conflict, obstruction for the settlement of the conflict in accordance with the proposals put forward by the mediation of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs.

 “The special zeal of the Armenian religious figures in this illegal process, which is far from religious values, is deeply regrettable,” the spokesman said. “Such actions, undertaken by Armenia and the Armenian Church, are not only contrary to international humanitarian law, but also do not correspond to the Gospel and the basic principles of Christianity, which like other heavenly religions teaches peace, respect for others’ property and avoidance of aggressive actions.”

Hajiyev added that the issue of this provocative action of Armenia will be raised at international organizations.

Armenia broke out a lengthy war against Azerbaijan by laying territorial claims on the country. Since a war in the early 1990s, Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan's territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding regions. To this day, Armenia has not implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding districts.

Since the beginning of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and occupation of Azerbaijani territories, the Armenian aggressors destroyed 1,200 historical and architectural monuments, looted 27 museums, and over 100,000 items were exported to Armenia. In addition, the Armenian occupiers destroyed 152 religious monuments and 62 mosques, 4.6 million books in 927 libraries, including the Holy Quran and rare Islamic manuscripts.


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