Azerbaijan's leadership bears full responsibility for all casualties, says Armenian Deputy FM

Elias Hubbard
July 6, 2017

The positions of the Azerbaijani armed forces were also fired from the positions on the Karabakh front. As long as Azerbaijan fails to implement its worldwide commitments under 1994-1995 trilateral agreements between Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia on armistice and the ceasefire, refuses to implement the Vienna and St. Petersburg agreements aimed at the consolidation of the ceasefire regime and continues to initiate military provocations against Artsakh and Armenia, then the same leadership of Azerbaijan bears full responsibility for all the human casualties of those provocations, regardless of their nationality. Guliyeva Servinaz Iltifat gizi (born in 1965), who has got fragment wounds as a result of the shelling, has been taken to the military hospital and was operated on. Meantime I announce with full responsibility that like today the Karabakh Armed Forces will continue to fully exercise its right to self-defense and to give targeted and disproportionate response to the attacks of the adversary if needed.

"The Minsk Group co-chairs urgently call upon the sides to cease military action. The only responsible and humane way to resolve this long-standing conflict is for the sides to return to the negotiation table in good faith", they said in a statement.

A recent report from the International Crisis Group - an independent peacebuilding group active in Nagorno-Karabakh - concluded in June that Armenia and Azerbaijan are now closer to a full-scale war than at any point since the two countries signed a ceasefire in 1994.

Baku, Fineko/ Azerbaijan suppressed fire of the Armenian armed forces on its positions by heavy mortars and mounted grenade launchers last night. The conflict, which dates back to the break-up of the Soviet Union, cost the lives of some 30,000 people and displaced 1 million. This does not imply a position on their status.

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