(Baku – PR): –
Javanshir Feyziyev, MP of Azerbaijan in a press statement said: “that the Armenian side continues to subject the frontline regions and villages, as well as the cities of Azerbaijan situated far away from the conflict zone, to heavy artillery and missile fire, grossly violating the ceasefire agreement, signed on October 10, 2020. Just few hours after the ceasefire agreement entered in force, on October 11, at around 2 AM, the second largest city of Azerbaijan, Ganja, with a population of more than 350,000 people, located 80 km from the frontline, was shelled by heavy missiles launched from the territories of Armenia.
As a result of this atrocious attack of Armenia, 3 residential buildings in the city center were destroyed, at least 9 civilians, including 4 women, were killed and 34 were wounded, including 16 women and 6 children. This crime of Armenia is another act of genocide after Khojaly committed against peaceful and innocent Azerbaijanis.
In total, 41 civilians were killed and 205 were injured by Armenia in the last 15 days.
“…Armenia’s open attack on the civilian population of Azerbaijan after the ceasefire’s entering into force, resulting with the killing, and wounding of dozens of people is an unprecedented baseness and a war crime” – said Javanshir Feyziyev, MP. “… Armenia’s gross violation of all clauses of the Moscow Agreement signed newly, proves once again that Armenia is not interested in a peaceful settlement of the conflict, as it has been for the last 28 years”, he concluded.
Earlier a trilateral meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Russian Federation, Azerbaijan and Armenia was held in Moscow on October 9, 2020 to declare a humanitarian ceasefire.
After a meeting that lasted about 11 hours, an agreement was reached consisting of following 4 points:
1. To declare a ceasefire for humanitarian purposes starting from 12 p.m. on October 10 for the exchange of the prisoners of war, other people detained and bodies of those killed, with the mediation and in accordance with the criteria of the International Committee of the Red Cross;
2. Further parameters of the ceasefire will be agreed upon additionally.
3. The Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan, with the mediation of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs, based on the fundamental principles of the settlement, are launching substantive negotiations with the aim of achieving early peaceful resolution.
4. The sides reiterate the inalterability of the format of the peace process.
(Javanshir Feyziyev, Azerbaijan Member of Parliament, Committee on Foreign Affairs and Interparliamentary Relations. He is Co-chair, EU-Azerbaijan Parliamentary Cooperation Committee)