Azerbaijani, Netherlands FMs discuss recent anti-terrorist activities in Karabakh

  22 September 2023    Read: 942
  Azerbaijani, Netherlands FMs discuss recent anti-terrorist activities in Karabakh

Azerbaijan's Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov has met with his Dutch counterpart, Hanke Bruins Slot, within the High-Level Week of the UN General Assembly's 78th session in New York, the Foreign Ministry of Azerbaijan said, reports.

Bayramov informed his colleague in details about the nearly 30-year occupation of Azerbaijani territories by Armenia, regional risks and threats posed by the illegal regime created by Armenia in the Karabakh region of Azerbaijan, and Armenia's actions undermining the peace process.

Speaking about the factors that necessitated localized anti-terrorist activities in the region, he described recent provocations and terrorist attacks by the separatist regime.

The minister emphasized that Azerbaijan's anti-terrorist activities to prevent further military provocations and terrorist acts by this illegal regime have fully complied with international, including humanitarian, law.

Besides, Bayramov noted that, following the appeal by representatives of the Armenian residents of Karabakh through the Russian peacekeeping contingent [temporarily stationed in Azerbaijan under the trilateral statement signed by Azerbaijani, Armenian, and Russian leaders following the 2020 second Karabakh war], anti-terrorist activities were suspended, and on September 21, a meeting with representatives of Armenian residents of Karabakh took place in the Azerbaijani Yevlakh city to discuss their reintegration.

Subsequently, the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and the Netherlands exchanged views on other matters of mutual interest to both countries.

In order to ensure the provisions of the Trilateral Statement, to stop large-scale provocations in the Karabakh economic region, to disarm and withdraw formations of the Armenian armed forces from the territories of Azerbaijan, to neutralize their military infrastructure, to ensure the safety of the peaceful population returning to the territories liberated from occupation, civil servants involved in construction and reconstruction works, and Azerbaijan's military personnel, as well as to restore the constitutional order of the Republic of Azerbaijan, anti-terrorist measures have been conducted in the region.

Civilians and infrastructure objects weren't targets during localized anti-terrorist measures carried out in Azerbaijan's Karabakh region.

Only military targets belonging to illegal armed formations of the separatist regime were put out of action with the use of high-precision weapons available in the arsenal of the Azerbaijani Army.

Taking into account the appeal of the representatives of the Armenian residents of Karabakh, received through the Russian peacekeeping contingent, an agreement was reached on the suspension of anti-terrorist activities of local nature on September 20, 2023, at 13:00 (GMT+4) under the following conditions:

The Armenian armed forces formations and Armenian illegal armed formations located in Azerbaijan's Karabakh region shall lay down their weapons, leave their combat positions and military posts, and fully disarm. The units of the armed forces of Armenia shall leave the territory of Azerbaijan, and the Armenian illegal armed formations shall be disbanded.

In parallel, all weapons and heavy equipment are surrendered.

The implementation of the above-mentioned processes is ensured in coordination with the Russian peacekeeping contingent.

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