Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenian aggression enters second week

One week after the outbreak of hostilities in the occupied Azerbaijani region of Nagorno-Karabakh the situation shows no sign of improving.

Reports of deliberate targeting of civilians by Armenian forces, the possible presence of mercenaries from the Armenian diaspora, and rumours concerning the Russian mercenary Wagner Group point to an escalation.

On Sunday the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan issued the following statement:

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Nagorno-Karabakh is internationally recognised as being a region of Azerbaijan but has been under the occupation of Armenia since the 1990s.

In 1993 four UN Security Council Resolutions called for Armenia to withdraw its military forces from Nagorno-Karabakh.

In a 2005 report authored for the Political Affairs Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of Europe (PACE), British parliamentarian and rapporteur David Atkinson, stated "the borders of Azerbaijan were internationally recognised at the time of the country being recognised as independent state in 1991," and "the territory of Azerbaijan included the Nagorno-Karabakh region."

In January 2016, PACE adopted Resolution #2085 acknowledging this status, and calling for "the immediate withdrawal of Armenian armed forces from the region."

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