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Azerbaijan urges int’l community to demand from Armenia to cease illegal occupation of territories


Baku. Turbat Baghirova – APA. Azerbaijan has called on the international community to demand from Armenia to cease the illegal occupation of the country's territories, to withdraw its troops from all seized lands and to engage constructively in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement process in accordance with the requirements of relevant resolutions of the UNSC and the norms and principles of international law, Azerbaijan's Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said on Tuesday.

 

He made the remarks at the preparatory meeting of the Foreign Ministerial Council of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to the 13th Islamic Summit Conference.

 

“On April 2, 2016 Armenia once again confirmed its strong commitment to destructive policy in the negotiation process of Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict by flagrantly violating ceasefire and shelling at the positions of Azerbaijani army and densely populated residential areas along the contact line,” the minister said, noting that this provocative act received an adequate response from the Azerbaijani army which launched counter-attacks and repulsed Armenian forces.

 

Armenia continues violating ceasefire regime and diverting attention from the substantive issues needed for peace process by this demonstrating to the world its main intentions, according to Mammadyarov.

 

“Azerbaijan calls on the international community to demand from Armenia to cease the illegal occupation of Azerbaijan’s territories, to withdraw its troops from all seized lands and to engage constructively in the conflict settlement process in accordance with the requirements of relevant resolutions of the UNSC and the norms and principles of international law,” he added.

 

Then, the foreign minister thanked the OIC secretary general and member states for the support to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and condemnation of the Armenian aggression and occupation of my country’s territories. “I also want to appreciate the decision of the Conference to establish a Contact group on the aggression of the Republic of Armenia against my country,” Azerbaijan’s minister added.  

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