2020-09-27
Statement by Assistant to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Head of Foreign Policy Affairs Department of the Presidential Administration Hikmat Hajiyev

Baku, September 27


Assistant to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Head of Foreign Policy Affairs Department
of the Presidential Administration Hikmat Hajiyev has made a statement as the armed forces of
Armenia blatantly violated the ceasefire regime on September 27.
The statement reads: “As it has already been reported by the Ministry of Defense, around 06:00
hours, on 27 September 2020, the armed forces of Armenia blatantly violated the ceasefire regime
and using large-caliber weapons, mortar launchers and artillery launched an intensive attack on the
positions of the armed forces of Azerbaijan along the frontline, as well as the villages of Gapanli of
Tartar district, Chiragli and Orta Garavand of Aghdam district, Alkhanli and Shukurbayli of Fuzuli
district and Jojug Marjanli of Jabrayil district.
The bombardment of densely populated civilian areas and installations situated along the front line
by Armenia's armed forces has been deliberate and targeted.
There are reports of dead and wounded among civilians and military servicemen. Extensive damage
has been inflicted on many homes and civilian infrastructure.
The armed forces of Armenia continue with the bombardment of our positions and residential areas
along the frontline.
Armenia's deliberate targeting of residential areas and the civilians is a gross violation of the
international humanitarian law, including the Geneva Convention of 1949. Targeting the civilian
population is a tactic incorporated in the combat training of Armenia's armed forces, and the Khojaly
genocide perpetrated in February 1992 has been a vivid testimony to that.
According to the international law, Armenian armed forces' strikes against the positions of
Azerbaijan's army, against the civilians and civilian infrastructure, with the use of large-caliber
weapons, are Armenia's yet another military aggression and an act of the use of force against
Azerbaijan.
The armed forces of the Republic of Azerbaijan are undertaking necessary counter-offensive
measures to prevent Armenia's another military aggression and ensure the security of the civilian
population.
Azerbaijan has issued repeated warnings to the international community that Armenia is preparing
for a new act of aggression and war.
Azerbaijan has repeatedly stated that Armenia's ongoing military aggression against Azerbaijan and
the presence of the armed forces of Armenia in Azerbaijan's occupied territories have remained a
significant threat to regional peace and security.
With the General Debate at the UN General Assembly's 75th Session underway and the world
fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, Armenia's political-military leadership has resorted to another
military adventure and a provocation. By doing so, Armenia's leadership demonstrated once again a
flagrant disregard for the international law, UN Charter and the international community.
The responsibility for the present situation and future developments lie squarely with Armenia's
political-military leadership.”

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