Trend, Azerbaijan
July 2 2011

Azerbaijan's ambassador to UN sends letter to Secretary General over
cease-fire violations by Armenia
[02.07.2011 21:49]
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 2 /Trend, R Darakhshan /

Permanent Representative of Azerbaijan to the UN Agshin Mehdiyev has
sent a letter to the Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, says a statement
by the country's permanent mission to the United Nations.

The letter contains a list of violations of the ceasefire by Armenia
in May this year and reports that two Azerbaijani soldiers were killed
and one was seriously injured as their result.

The paper also notes that over the last months the armed forces of
Armenia intensified attacks on Azerbaijani civilians and civilian
objects. On March 8, a nine-year-old Azerbaijani child was shot dead
by an Armenian sniper, on May 26, the civilian population of the
Chiragli village of the Agdam district of Azerbaijan was subjected to
continuous fire by the armed forces of Armenia and on June 3 Elmar
Piriyev, a resident of the Aghjabadi district of the country, was
killed by Armenian militaries in the Chemenli village of the Agdam
district situated near the front line.

"Besides such inhuman and unjustifiable actions, the high-ranking
officials of Armenia continued their irresponsible statements and
provocative visits to the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, thus
openly and deliberately challenging the international mediation
efforts aimed at the soonest settlement of the conflict", the document

The letter says that in an interview on May 16 to the Moskovskie
Novosti (Moscow News) newspaper, President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan
confirmed once again that the Armenian side considers the conflict
settlement process only as a means of achieving the annexation of
Azerbaijani territories.

"The views of the President of Armenia about the relevant
international legal principles and their application and scope in the
context of the settlement of the conflict unambiguously testify to the
fundamental and persistent denial by this State Member of the United
Nations of the generally accepted norms and principles of
international law", the letter says.

The letter was also circulated in the General Assembly and UN Security Council.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988
when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian
armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992,
including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 surrounding districts.

Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The
co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are
currently holding the peace negotiations.

Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four
resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the
surrounding regions.