(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
BAKU, Azerbaijan, September 26. After the
second Karabakh war, Azerbaijan began large-scale construction work
on all previously occupied territories and started the
implementation of major projects as soon as possible, however, one
of the most serious threats to the rapid, consistent and safe
conduct of these works is the placement of 100 and 1,000 of mines
by Armenians on the territories of Azerbaijan.
Member of the Azerbaijani Parliament's (Milli Majlis) Committee
on Legal Policy and State Building Nizami Safarov told Trend.
“After the end of the war and various armed conflicts,
eliminating their consequences and the dangers they create became
one of the most important tasks. However, it's a pity that Armenia,
as always, behaves irresponsibly in this important issue contrary
to international law,' he stated.
It should be noted that in response to a serious humanitarian
crisis resulting from the large-scale deployment of landmines, on
October 10, 1980, the UN adopted the Convention on Certain
Conventional Weapons, which prohibits or restricts the use of
certain conventional weapons and may be deemed to be excessively
injurious or to have indiscriminate effects (including Protocols
No. I, II and III), and on September 18, 1997, in the capital of
Canada, Ottawa, the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use,
Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on
their Destruction was adopted.
Safarov said that although Armenia hasn't signed or ratified
these conventions, even states that are not parties to these
important agreements must strictly comply with their provisions,
guided by the fact that both of these conventions are based on
According to him, it would be naive to expect compliance with
international legal norms on the part of Armenia, which is pursuing
an aggressive policy, making territorial claims against neighboring
states, committing ethnic cleansing, genocide, war crimes and
crimes against humanity.
'The distinction between civilians and combatants is also
reflected in the Ottawa Convention and is included in the preamble,
which is an integral part of this document. Also part 2 of article
3 of Protocol II 'On the prohibition or restriction of mines,
booby-traps and other devices' to the Convention 1980, prohibited
the use of weapons that don't distinguish between civilians and
legitimate military targets and may result in accidental death or
injury,' Safarov added.
He noted that one of the unacceptable facts is that the mines
planted by the Armenians on liberated territories of Azerbaijan
continue to claim lives, despite the end of the war. To date,
despite the total clearance of 49,395 hectares of land, and the
detection and clearance of mines and unexploded ordnance, more than
240 civilians and military personnel have died or been injured from
As is known, as part of operation 'Revenge', some military posts
in Kalbajar and Lachin directions were taken under the control of
the Azerbaijani army, and more than 900 anti-personnel mines,
produced by Armenia in 2021, were found in only one area. This fact
once again indicates that Armenia continues to plant mines
illegally. However Armenia must never forget that the powerful
state Azerbaijan which forced the neighboring country to sign the
act of surrender, will overcome the threat of mines and turn its
liberated territories into a prosperous land,' Safarov said.
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