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29 September 2020 [17:53] - Today.Az

By Azernews

By Akbar Mammadov

Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov has said that Azerbaijani Armed Forces have carried out out counter-offensive measures within the country's internationally recognized borders in response to the new military aggression of Armenia.

Bayramov made the remarks on September 29, during the phone conversation with Wendy Morton, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Minister for European Neighborhood and the Americas of the United Kingdom.

Bayramov emphasized that Armenian armed forces continue to target Azerbaijani civilians and civilian objects. Bayramov pointed out that this is another gross violation of international humanitarian law by the occupying state-Armenia.

Stressing that tensions continue in the region, he highlighted that the full responsibility for the situation lies with the political and military leadership of Armenia.

Armenian armed forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of the Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-calibre 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.

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 per cent 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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