BAKU, Azerbaijan, April 4
The annual Worldwide Day for Mine Consciousness and Help in Mine Actions is marked on April 4, Pattern experiences referring to the Azerbaijani Overseas Ministry.
“On this event, Azerbaijan repeats its grave considerations across the severe menace emanating from the huge mine contamination by Armenia of its lately liberated territories and the following refusal of the federal government of Armenia to share the situation of those mines to make the area protected,” the ministry mentioned.
“Azerbaijan is confronted with main mine contamination of its lately liberated territories, which represents a severe menace to the life, security, and livelihoods of each army and civilians within the post-conflict interval,” the ministry added.
“Throughout virtually three many years of occupation of the internationally acknowledged territories of Azerbaijan, Armenia intentionally laid mines in these territories, because of which there had been quite a few casualties among the many Azerbaijani army and civilians,” the ministry mentioned.
“With a view to inflicting as a lot harm as doable, in addition to creating further obstacles for civilians returning to their properties, Armenia additionally intentionally planted mines on an enormous scale throughout its compelled withdrawal following the counter-offensive operation of the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan,” the ministry added.
“Armenia, in a blatant violation of its worldwide obligations, now refuses to launch info on the situation of minefields,” the ministry mentioned. “This can be a extreme breach of worldwide humanitarian legislation.”
“Because the signing of the Trilateral Assertion by the leaders of Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Russia on November 10, 2020, which introduced an finish to all army actions between Armenia and Azerbaijan, 20 residents of Azerbaijan, together with 14 civilians have been killed because of mine explosions within the lately liberated territories,” the ministry mentioned. “Some 85 residents, together with 16 civilians have been critically injured, together with the courageous staff of the Mine Motion Company of the Republic of Azerbaijan trying to guard others.”
“The huge mine contamination of those territories additionally critically impedes the conclusion of rehabilitation and reconstruction plans that the federal government of Azerbaijan has launched into,” the ministry mentioned. “Most significantly, it impacts the conclusion of the inalienable proper of the lots of of 1000’s of internally displaced individuals to return to their properties in security and dignity. Households compelled from their properties for practically thirty years nonetheless can’t safely return till these mines are cleared.”
“Armenia’s deliberate coverage of planting mines at scale in the course of the interval of unlawful occupation, and through its compelled withdrawal from these lands, clearly demonstrates the intention to disclaim entry of the lots of of 1000’s of Azerbaijanis ethnically cleansed by Armenia to their homelands, to hamper the conclusion of elementary rights of those individuals, and inflict as a lot pointless human struggling as doable,” the ministry mentioned. “Armenia’s conduct continues to impede the conclusion of the imaginative and prescient of peace, safety, and cooperation within the area.”
“Azerbaijan has repeatedly referred to as for the worldwide group to voice their concern on the human price of Armenia’s landmines,” the ministry mentioned. “Azerbaijan reiterates its enchantment on Mine Consciousness Day and calls on the worldwide group to not flip a blind eye to Armenia’s violations of its worldwide obligations, together with its deliberate coverage of planting mines, impeding the return of internally displaced individuals to their homelands, and refusing to launch info on the situation of landmines.”
“We urge Armenia to uphold its worldwide authorized obligations and its ethical obligation to guard life,” the ministry mentioned. “Azerbaijan will take all out there and essential authorized measures to make sure peace and uphold accountability.”