Foreign journalists visit Azerbaijan’s civilians injured in Armenian shelling

Foreign journalists visit Azerbaijan’s civilians injured in Armenian shelling

Society
29 April 2016, 11:15 1779
They met with the residents of Aghdam district’s Chemenli village – Anar Abdullayev, Zahid Rahimov and Elgiz Garayev, who were injured as a result of the shelling.
 
Eldar Ahmadov, a doctor of the diagnostic center, said the injured are in a stable condition.
 
Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hikmat Hajiyev on Friday morning arrived in Barda district, leading local and foreign journalists accredited in Azerbaijan, APA’s correspondent reported.
 
The journalists first went to Barda Diagnostic Center to visit the civilians injured as a result of the shelling by Armenia of Azerbaijan’s residential areas. 
 
After Barda, they will head to the Aghdam and Aghjabedi districts to see the houses damaged and burned after coming under artillery fire from the Armenian side.
 
Among the journalists are the representatives of Reuters news agency, Bloomberg news agency, AFP news agency, RIA Novosti news agency, Anadolu Agency, IHA news agency, Russia 24 TV channel, as well as Israeli media expert Arye Gut and former Moldovan ombudsman Aurelia Grigoriu.
 
The group of journalists also includes a representative of Azerbaijan's APA Information Agency. 
 
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict entered its modern phase when the Armenian SRR made territorial claims against the Azerbaijani SSR in 1988.
 
A fierce war broke out between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. As a result of the war, Armenian armed forces occupied some 20 percent of Azerbaijani territory which includes Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent districts (Lachin, Kalbajar, Aghdam, Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Gubadli and Zangilan), and over a million Azerbaijanis became refugees and internally displaced people.
 
The military operations finally came to an end when Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in Bishkek in 1994.
 
Dealing with the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the OSCE Minsk Group, which was created after the meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Helsinki on 24 March 1992. The Group’s members include Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia, the United States, France, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Belarus, Finland and Sweden.
 
Besides, the OSCE Minsk Group has a co-chairmanship institution, comprised of Russian, US and French co-chairs, which began operating in 1996.  
 
Resolutions 822, 853, 874 and 884 of the UN Security Council, which were passed in short intervals in 1993, and other resolutions adopted by the UN General Assembly, PACE, OSCE, OIC, and other organizations require Armenia to unconditionally withdraw its troops from Nagorno-Karabakh.