October 18, 2020 – 18:25 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net – Armenia on Sunday, October 18 condemned the one-sided and biased statement by the European External Action Service about the so-called “strikes on the city of Ganja”, Azerbaijan.
EEAS is the diplomatic service and combined foreign and defence ministry of the European Union.
“For three weeks now, Azerbaijan has been violently shelling the cities and villages of Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh), including its capital Stepanakert, deliberately targeting the civilian population and infrastructure, killing dozens of peaceful citizens and forcing them to leave their homeland. In addition to this, Azerbaijan has already targeted and inflicted casualties on the civilian population and infrastructures in the territory of the Republic of Armenia. The current large-scale aggression was preceded by Azerbaijani provocative disinformation and smearing campaigns, just like the most recent one, the so-called “Armenian strikes on Ganja,” the Armenian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
“For decades, Azerbaijan has been infusing its population with hatred and Armenophobia, the gravest expression of which can be found in footage of humiliating, torturing and subsequent brutal killings of Artsakh prisoners of war, proudly showcased in Azerbaijani social media.”
The Foreign Ministry said that while disseminating unfounded allegations, Azerbaijan continues to refuse to maintain ceasefires mediated by the leaders of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing countries and categorically rejects any possibility of ceasefire verification mechanisms in order to continue the war.
“The European Union has, to date, failed to clearly and explicitly react to these manifestations of war crimes committed by Azerbaijan with direct involvement of Turkey, including through transfer of foreign terrorist fighters from Syria and Libya, and disregarded the existential threat and grave violations of the right to life of the people of Artsakh, as well as the severe humanitarian crisis evolving in Artsakh,” the statement said.
“Armenia deplores this one-sided, biased and selective statement, which gives Azerbaijan clearance to continue breaching with impunity the international law, including the international humanitarian law and international customary law.”
Azerbaijan, with help from Turkey and Syrian and Libyan mercenaries deployed by Ankara, started a war against Karabakh (Artsakh) in the morning of September 27. The Armenian side has reported deaths and injuries both among the civilian population and the military. Foreign and local journalists too have been injured in Azeri shelling of towns and villages.