The Armenian and Nagorno-Karabakh Standing Parliamentary Committees on State and Legal Affairs have issued a joint statement on the crimes against humanity committed by Azerbaijan in the course of large-scale military operations against the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, Hovhannes Sahakyan, Head of the Armenian Committee, has told ArmInfo.
The statement says that by breaching the trilateral ceasefire agreement signed in May 1994, Azerbaijan openly violated the standards of international law, using banned means and methods of warfare, because the key target of the Azerbaijani attack was the civilian population in the near-border zone and deep in the rear. "We are resolute to investigate all the crimes and consequences of Azerbaijan's aggression and to present the results to the international community," Sahakyan stresses.
Sahakyan also notes that over the past few days the Azerbaijani armed forces shelled a number of settlements of the NKR, killing and wounding even civilians, including children, women, and elderly people. He recalls that the civilians of Talish, Mataghis and Martakert settlements have been evacuated for safety reasons. "There are numerous proofs of atrocities and violence of the Azerbaijani army against the civilians of Artsakh. There are all reasons to think that mercenaries and terrorists have been involved in the Azeri army," he stresses