BAKU, April 14. /TASS/. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev accused Armenia of ignoring the decisions of international organizations on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
"The international community and organizations recognize Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity and are in favor of a just resolution of the conflict in accordance with international law," Aliyev said speaking at the 13th summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul. "There are four UN Security Council resolutions on the conflict that demand a speedy and unconditional withdrawal of the Armenian armed forces from Azerbaijani lands. Similar resolutions have been passed by the Non-Aligned Movement, OSCE (the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe), the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and other organizations." "However, Armenia ignores these decisions and resorts to armed provocations now and then to disrupt the negotiation process," he said.
According to Aliyev, "one of these provocations occurred in early April." "The armed attack claimed the lives of Azerbaijani soldiers and civilians. Azerbaijan’s army terminated the provocation," the president added.
He thanked the OIC for its decision to set up a contact group on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict at the level of foreign ministers.
The situation along the line of contact in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone deteriorated dramatically overnight on April 2, fierce clashes began. The parties to the conflict accused each other of violating the truce.
On April 5, Moscow hosted a meeting between Chief of the General Staff of Azerbaijan’s Armed Forces Colonel General Najmeddin Sadykov and his Armenian counterpart Yuri Khachaturov brokered by Russia. During the talks the two sides reached an agreement on cessation of hostilities along the contact line of the Azerbaijani and Armenian troops. Later the same day the defense ministries of Azerbaijan and Armenia declared the ceasefire along the line of contact in Nagorno-Karabakh as of 12.00 local time (11.00 Moscow Time).