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The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) continues to maintain its regular dialogue with all the sides, Ilaha Huseynova, head of Communication Department of the ICRC Baku Office told on April 27.
Earlier, Azerbaijan’s State Commission on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing People has appealed to the ICRC over the fact that Armenia continues shelling Azerbaijani settlements located along the contact line.
“It is not our mandate to monitor ceasefire related issues,” Huseynova said. “What we do is that we closely follow the situation around the line of contact keeping in focus the humanitarian issues and especially those related to the civilian population living on both sides.
She stressed that civilians and civilian objects are protected under the international humanitarian law and must not be targeted during military actions.
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict entered its modern phase when the Armenian SRR made territorial claims against the Azerbaijani SSR in 1988.
A fierce war broke out between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. As a result of the war, Armenian armed forces occupied some 20 percent of Azerbaijani territory which includes Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent districts (Lachin, Kalbajar, Aghdam, Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Gubadli and Zangilan), and over a million Azerbaijanis became refugees and internally displaced people.
The military operations finally came to an end when Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in Bishkek in 1994.
Dealing with the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the OSCE Minsk Group, which was created after the meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Helsinki on 24 March 1992. The Group’s members include Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia, the United States, France, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Belarus, Finland and Sweden.
Besides, the OSCE Minsk Group has a co-chairmanship institution, comprised of Russian, US and French co-chairs, which began operating in 1996.
Resolutions 822, 853, 874 and 884 of the UN Security Council, which were passed in short intervals in 1993, and other resolutions adopted by the UN General Assembly, PACE, OSCE, OIC, and other organizations require Armenia to unconditionally withdraw its troops from Nagorno-Karabakh.
2016.04.27 / 22:36