Baku calls on UN to avert Armenia`s illegal actions in occupied lands

  22 August 2013    Read: 321
Baku calls on UN to avert Armenia`s illegal actions in occupied lands
Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov has sent a letter to the UN Secretary General.

The letter dated July 16 reads:


I have the honour to draw your attention to an extremely important issue related to the situation in the occupied territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

In my previous letters I have already informed you that Armenia, taking advantage of the ceasefire regime, continues to undertake efforts to illegally change the demographic, cultural and physical character of the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, including but not limited to establishing new settlements, restoring the airport, building residential areas, highways, etc., thus gravely violating the relevant resolutions of the United Nations, the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and other applicable norms and principles of international humanitarian law.

Armenia falsifies and illegally changes the original toponyms in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan. According to mass media reports, Armenia also is about to start the construction of a 150-apartment building in Qubadly (Azerbaijan), as well as the Kalbajar (Azerbaijan) to Vardanis (Armenia) highway. Both Qubadly and Kalbajar are occupied districts located beyond the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan.

Armenia continues its illegal policy of transfer and resettlement of Syrian Armenians in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan. Our reliable sources confirm that most recently 24 Armenian families have been resettled in Lachin, 7 in Zangilan, and 27 in Kalbajar. Additional 18 Armenian families from Syria will soon be transferred into the occupied territories of Azerbaijan. This demonstrates the real intention of Armenia, which uses the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria for consolidation of its occupation of Azerbaijani territories.

By abusing the negotiation process and carrying out illegal activities in the occupied Azerbaijani territories, Armenia attempts to impose a fait accompli, thus undermining the prospects of a negotiated settlement of the conflict and restoration of peace and security in the region.

In the light of the lack of progress in the negotiation process the illegal actions in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan reveal Armenia`s destructive position aimed at annexation of these territories. In previous years, on our initiative, two missions have been dispatched to the occupied territories of Azerbaijan under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group, which, inter alia, documented numerous violations of the norms and principles of international humanitarian law therein.

But, as you may see, the position of the international community, including the urgent call by the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs to stop such illegal activities, has not succeeded in discouraging Armenia from its destructive policy. As a result,

Armenia continues to disregard the position of the international community, violate international law and abuse the patience of Azerbaijan. Since efforts to negotiate with Armenia through political means give no results, the further continuation of the status quo may lead to unpredictable consequences, full responsibility for which rests with Armenia.

In the light of the above-mentioned, I urge you to take all necessary measures at your disposal to stop Armenia`s illegal activities in the occupied territories".

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