Azerbaijan says Armenia denies facts through absurd pretexts

Azerbaijan says Armenia denies facts through absurd pretexts
# 13 December 2016 16:19 (UTC +04:00)

Armenia, which lost two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) on the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops, is once again trying to deny facts, as always through absurd pretexts, Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry told APA on Dec. 13.

On Dec. 12, the Azerbaijani armed forces destroyed two UAVs belonging to the Armenian army. The drones were destroyed over the line of contact between the Azerbaijani and Armenian troops in Azerbaijan’s Fizuli district while attempting to perform reconnaissance over the country’s army positions.

“A representative of Armenia’s Defense Ministry shamelessly called the downed Armenian UAVs “the toys of Azerbaijani children”, while Armenian officials have repeatedly admitted that the Armenian army is equipped by home-made UAVs,” said the defense ministry.

“As one can see from the propellers in the left and right upper corners of the (attached to the news release), this photo was taken by one of the downed UAVs belonging to Armenia,” Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry said. “The photo features a soldier with an UAV remote controller in his hands before the drone is launched and other soldiers gathering around him and watching.”

This proves once again that Armenia’s military and political leadership, relying on lies and falsifications, tries to mislead the international community, stated the ministry.

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 Dec.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.