The issue of Armenian armed forces’ deliberate shooting of a wedding ceremony attended by a lot of civilians from their positions in the occupied Azerbaijani territories and wounding three people, including a child, is a fact of another gross violation by Armenia of international humanitarian law, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry’s mspokesman Hikmat Hajiyev told commenting on the Armenian shooting of a wedding ceremony in Terter’s Qapanl village on September 1, SIA
According to the Ministry’s spokesman, under international humanitarian law, the direct and deliberate targeting of civilians is prohibited. During armed conflict, civilians and private civilians should not be the target of an armed attack. Under international criminal law, deliberately committed by Armenian armed forces, this attack is a war crime.
Hikmat Hajiyev also stressed that this act indicates that Armenia is too far from fulfilling its commitments to international humanitarian law and from humane ethics. Having committed the Khojaly genocide, a crime against humanity, Armenia’s civilian and military leadership is already used to killing civilians in masses.
On 8 March 2011, a sniper of the Armenian Armed Forces shot to death 9-year-old Fariz Badalov. The international community is supposed to reprobate this criminal act of Armenia, on top of the latest incidents.
Targeted violation of ceasefire by Armenia and the aggravation of the situation on the front line, the actions of subversive character on the line of contact and along the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, premeditated attack on civilians, carrying out one of these days in Khankendi with the political leadership of Armenia's activities under the guise of "independence" established in the occupied territories self-proclaimed criminal regime, carrying out so-called regime of September 13 "elections to local governments" once again proves that the main objective is the Armenian occupation of Azerbaijani territories and the continuation of the status quo.
This occupation and aggression policy of Armenia is a real threat to the process of settlement of the conflict and establishment of peace and stability in the region.
This war crime Armenia has recently committed against Azerbaijani civilians will be raised up by the country’s diplomatic missions before international organizations, Hajiyev completed.
“This war crime Armenia has recently committed against Azerbaijani civilians will be raised up by the country’s diplomatic missions before international organizations,” Hajiyev added.