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Consul: Hostilities caused by lack of progress on negotiation process between Armenia, Azerbaijan

Ilgar Iskandarov

The Consul General of Azerbaijan in Yekaterinburg (Russia), Ilgar Iskandarov, commented on the latest events related to the military conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, Trend reports referring to the Vechernie Vedomosti newspaper.

“Azerbaijan respects the position of Russia, which doesn’t interfere with the actions of other countries. Hostilities caused by the lack of progress in the negotiation process between Armenia and Azerbaijan,” said the consul general.

“At present, it is important that the conflict doesn’t cross the borders of Armenia and Azerbaijan, and that the ethnic communities in Russia, realizing this, don’t allow confrontation on the territory of Russia,” noted Iskandarov.

“We don’t want and will not tolerate ethnic conflicts in Russia, we are committed to peace and stability in the region. This issue cannot be resolved here, and the power structures will not allow this. And this is not an ethnic issue, it is an issue of territorial integrity. We can talk and argue on this for a long time,” the consul general noted.

A number of meetings with representatives of the Azerbaijani community, at which, among other things, the question of the inadmissibility of provocative actions was raised, have already been held.

“Many Azerbaijanis living in the Sverdlovsk region are expressing a desire to go to Azerbaijan to take part in hostilities. But our armed forces are fully staffed,” Iskandarov added.

Armenian armed forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of the Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-caliber weapons, mortars, and artillery on Sept. 27.

Azerbaijan responded with a counter-offensive along the entire front. As a result of retaliation, Azerbaijani troops managed to liberate the territories previously occupied by Armenia: Garakhanbeyli, Garvend, Kend Horadiz, Yukhari, Ashagi Abdulrahmanli villages (Fuzuli district), Boyuk Marjanli, and Nuzgar villages (Jabrayil district).

Moreover, the positions of the Armenian armed forces were destroyed in the direction of Azerbaijan’s Agdere district and Murovdag, important heights were taken under control.

Military actions continued on Sept. 29. Azerbaijani army was able to destroy several tanks of the Armenian Armed Forces, as well as several key military facilities.

Azerbaijan’s Dashkesan district underwent fire on the same day from the opposing forces, while Azerbaijani Armed Forces continued military actions on Sept. 29 to liberate the city of Fuzuli from occupation.

Back in July 2020, the Armenian Armed Forces violated the ceasefire in the direction of Azerbaijan’s Tovuz district. As a result of Azerbaijan’s retaliation, the opposing forces were silenced. The fighting continued the following days as well. Azerbaijan lost a number of military personnel members, who died fighting off the attacks of the Armenian armed forces.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on the withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno Karabakh and the surrounding districts.

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