Azerbaijan MFA's report on involvement of children in armed forces by Armenia circulated as UN document

Azerbaijan MFA
# 15 February 2023 10:05 (UTC +04:00)

The report of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan on the involvement of children in the armed forces and armed groups by Armenia was circulated as a document of the UN General Assembly and the Security Council, APA reports citing the Foreign Ministry.

"During its 30 years of aggression against Azerbaijan, along with resorting to various prohibited methods and means of warfare, Armenia has actively used children in its armed forces and armed groups, in serious breach of international law. In the post-conflict period, after the 44-day war in the fall of 2020, Armenia continued this vile practice, preparing children for a new war.

The recruitment of children by armed forces and armed groups in Armenia, accompanied by the promotion of racial and ethnic hatred, also constitutes a gross violation of the prohibition on racial discrimination and the order on provisional measures adopted by the International Court of Justice on 7 December 2021 in the case concerning Application of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Azerbaijan v. Armenia).

In that regard, I have the honor to transmit herewith a report that contains evidence of the recruitment of children into the armed forces and armed groups in Armenia and calls for addressing and preventing the use of children for military, A/77/714 S/2023/62 2/7 23-01442 political and ideological purposes and taking effective and expeditious measures to protect the fundamental rights of children under the jurisdiction of Armenia and prevent the dissemination of hatred and incitement to racial discrimination and violence against Azerbaijanis in that Member State (see annex).

IT should be grateful if you would have the present letter and its annex circulated as a document of the General Assembly, under agenda items 30, 58, 64, 66, 68, 70, 73, 84, and 132, and of the Security Council," the report states.