Baku, April 4, AZERTAC
Azerbaijani Minister of Foreign Affairs Elmar Mammadyarov has sent a letter to member states of the OSCE Minsk Group, CIS countries, OSCE chairperson-in-office and three countries chairing the organization, secretary-generals of the UN, OIC, NATO, as well as EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.
In the letter, Mammadyarov said Armenia attacked civilians close to the frontline and shelled positions of the Azerbaijani armed forces on the line of contact.
“The Azerbaijani army took necessary measures to stop the Armenian provocations and ensure security of the civilians in its internationally recognized borders.” “The main reason for the continuation of the conflict and escalating tension is the illegal presence of the Armenian armed forces in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan. According to resolutions of the Security Council, the United Nations reaffirmed that Nagorno-Karabakh region is an integral part of Azerbaijan and demanded unconditional, complete, immediate withdrawal of the Armenian occupying troops from Azerbaijan`s lands.”
The FM also noted that “Armenia must stop misleading its people and international community, end its policy of invasion, withdraw its troops from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, fulfil its international commitments, and participate in the negotiations in a constructive manner”.