Mogherini: Karabakh conflict needs early political settlement

23.05.2017 | 16:57


The European Union believes the status quo is unsustainable and the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict needs an early political settlement in accordance with international law, EU High Representative and Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini said.


German FM: CE monitoring instruments’ should have access to Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding regions

20.05.2017 | 13:11


It’s time to provide access of the Council of Europe’s monitoring instruments to Nagorno Karabakh and seven surrounding regions, Michael Roth, State Minister for Europe in the German foreign ministry said at the 127th session of at the 127th session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, APA reports citing to Ukrinform.


According to him, the same situation is also about Abkhazia and South Ossetia belonging to Georgia, Transniestria: “The human rights situation in Crimea, annexed by Russia in contravention of international law, as well as in the areas in eastern Ukraine controlled by the separatists, also continues to give cause for great concern. It’s high time the Commissioner for Human Rights and the other Council of Europe monitoring instruments were granted unrestricted access to these regions”


He urged Secretary General Jagland to resolutely continue his efforts.


25 years pass since occupation of Azerbaijan’s Lachin district by Armenia

18.05.2017 | 16:22


Twenty-five years have passed since the occupation of Azerbaijan’s Lachin district by Armenia.


The Armenian army seized Lachin district on May 18, 1992 and de-facto united Nagorno-Karabakh with Armenia.


The town of Lachin, one settlement and 120 villages of the district were occupied by the enemy. As many as 264 people, including 18 children were killed, 225 others were wounded, and 65 civilians were taken hostage as a result of the Armenian occupation.


As many as 64,000 Azerbaijanis became the internally displaced persons. Armenians destroyed 133 large and mid-size industrial and agricultural enterprises, 20 health centers and 217 cultural facilities, nearly 40 cultural and historical monuments.


A number of historical and cultural monuments in the district with an area of 1,835 square km were looted by the enemy or armenizied.


The occupation of Lachin caused serious damage on Azerbaijan’s economy. The enemy destroyed light industrial enterprises and agricultural fields there.



Listing of people who went missing during Karabakh conflict almost finished

13.05.2017 | 15:59


The listing of people who went missing during the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakhconflict is almost finished, Azerbaijan’s State Commission on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing Persons said in a statement on Friday.


In the statement, citizens who have not yet appealed to the State Commission with regard to their missing relatives are requested to provide the Working Group with information as soon as possible.


The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict entered its modern phase when the Armenian SRR made territorial claims against the Azerbaijani SSR in 1988.


A fierce war broke out between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. As a result of the war, Armenian armed forces occupied some 20 percent of Azerbaijani territory which includes Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent districts (Lachin, Kalbajar, Aghdam, Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Gubadli and Zangilan), and over a million Azerbaijanis became refugees and internally displaced people.


The military operations finally came to an end when Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in Bishkek in 1994.


Dealing with the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the OSCE Minsk Group, which was created after the meeting of the CSCE (OSCE after the Budapest summit held in December 1994) Ministerial Council in Helsinki on 24 March 1992. The Group’s members include Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia, the United States, France, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Belarus, Finland and Sweden.


Besides, the OSCE Minsk Group has a co-chairmanship institution, comprised of Russian, the US and French co-chairs, which began operating in 1996.


Resolutions 822, 853, 874 and 884 of the UN Security Council, which were passed in short intervals in 1993, and other resolutions adopted by the UN General Assembly, PACE, OSCE, OIC, and other organizations require Armenia to unconditionally withdraw its troops from Nagorno-Karabakh.