Azerbaijan’s Deputy Foreign Minister clarifies whether civil aircrafts violating country’s airspace will be shot down or not

Azerbaijan’s Deputy Foreign Minister clarifies whether civil aircrafts violating country’s airspace will be shot down or not
# 04 February 2013 09:31 (UTC +04:00)

Baku. Viktoriya Dementyeva - APA. “Azerbaijan will not allow illegal flights over its airspace,” Deputy Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Araz Azimov told journalists while commenting on the views of the Collective Security Treaty Organization Secretary General Nikolay Bordyuzha regarding Khojaly airport, APA reports.

Araz Azimov said Azerbaijan is not going to shoot down civil aircrafts.

“There are certain rules in accordance with Chicago Convention and Azerbaijan recognizes these rules. In order to prevent illegal flights, these rules envisage forcing the aircraft to land in certain airdrome. Therefore, it is not right to speculate beforehand “Azerbaijan will shoot down civil aircrafts”. The Armenian side attempts to scare us with flights to Khojaly airport. Firstly, this is illegal. On the other hand this issue has political-ideological essence, because such steps will be an insult to the memory of the Azerbaijanis killed in Khojaly. Moreover, these territories are under occupation, changing the infrastructure there runs contrary to the international law and illegal opening of the air corridor will mean occupation of the airspace,” he said.

According to Araz Azimov, some forces reproach Azerbaijan for standing against the steps for humanitarian purposes: “First, about 30 000 Armenians live in Karabakh, I consider that Lachin corridor, through which minimum 70 trucks are driven everyday, is sufficient to ensure their needs. Therefore, it is not necessary to open the airspace for humanitarian purposes and it is clear that all of this is pretext. They are trying to use the airspace for other purposes, including transportation of special cargo and military equipment to Karabakh with the view of continuing the occupation and changing the situation in their favor. It is clear that humanitarian aspect here is out of question.”

Araz Azimov said Azerbaijan has already sent its message to Armenia and the co-chairing countries on this issue: “Many countries called on Armenia to refrain from such steps. I hope that Armenia will not take this step.”

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