After the statement on the ceasefire of November 9, the Azerbaijani armed forces continue their typical “warfare” against the Armenian historical-cultural and religious heritage, destroying and disrespecting historical sites and monuments, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.
The statue of the Armenian Sparapet Vazgen Sargsyan, the national hero of Armenia and Artsakh in the city of Shushi, was among Azerbaijan’s targets, it said.
“The degrading attitude of the Azerbaijani soldiers towards the elderly citizen of Artsakh due on the basis of his ethnic origin is strongly deplorable. That action, as well as its further glorification by the Azerbaijani society is simply a rejection of the accepted moral values,” the Foreign Ministry said.
“The factual evidence about Azerbaijan’s anti-Armenian and racist policy has been accumulated day by day due to the publication of videos glorification of the war crimes committed by the Azerbaijani armed forces in the territories of Artsakh which is currently under Azerbaijan’s occupation,” the Foreign Ministry added.
It underlined that the compliance with international humanitarian law implementation and the respect demonstrated towards the civilian population differ regular troops from the irregular terrorist fighters and the states from the terrorist organizations.
The recent atrocities perpetrated by the Azerbaijani side are based on the anti-Armenian policy instigated and encouraged by the leadership of Azerbaijan for decades, which has been aimed at carrying out ethnic cleansing and genocidal intent against the Armenians of Artsakh.