The statement signed by the chairman of the Azerbaijan National Cultural Center in Uzbekistan Firdovsi Huseynov said that that Azerbaijani compatriots in Uzbekistan are resolutely protesting against the gross violation of the ceasefire by the Armenian armed forces on September 27, a new military provocation, which led to numerous casualties among the civilian population of Azerbaijan.
"This provocation proves that Armenia is pursuing an occupation policy directly on the territory of Azerbaijan. Armenia has not yet complied with four UN resolutions and intended to seize new territories of Azerbaijan during the provocation in Tovuz direction of the front line. In response to the latest provocation of Armenia, the Azerbaijani army launched a counter-offensive operation and liberated part of the occupied territories. As stressed by the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, Azerbaijan is fighting not only for its territorial integrity, but also for justice," the statement said.
The document also states that Azerbaijanis living in the world, including in Uzbekistan, fully support the efforts to return home over a million refugees and internally displaced persons, ensure a peaceful life for citizens, as well as ensure the rights and freedoms violated as a result of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
"We call on the world community to treat with understanding the current decisions of the leadership of Azerbaijan, to influence the occupying Armenian regime, to explain to them the extreme importance of resolving the conflict peacefully. The occupied lands of Azerbaijan must be unconditionally liberated! We hope that our territories will be liberated, refugees and IDPs will return to their homes, and peace and stability will be established in the region," the statement says.
Armenian Armed Forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of 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 liberated a number of territories previously occupied by Armenia, as well as take important, strategic heights under control.
Military actions continued on Sept. 29 - Oct. 1. According to a statement from Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry, the Armenian armed forces have suffered heavy losses along the entire front line from Sept. 27 through Sept. 30, including tanks, armored vehicles, artillery installations, rocket launch systems, as well as command and observation posts, air defense systems, etc.
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.