Azerbaijan accuses Armenia of ‘ethnic cleansing’ at UN court docket

The two rivals are buying and selling accusations on the International Court of Justice, almost a yr since signing a ceasefire.

Azerbaijan has gone to the UN prime court docket to accuse Armenia of laying landmines in Nagorno-Karabakh as a part of a marketing campaign of “ethnic cleansing”, regardless of an finish in hostilities between the 2 rivals.

Azerbaijani deputy overseas minister Elnur Mammadov requested that the International Court of Justice order Armenia to halt the laying of landmines, present Azerbaijan with maps of minefields and take measures to halt incitement of racial hatred.

“Armenia’s campaign of ethnic cleansing and incitement to violence against Azerbaijanis is ongoing,” Mammadov informed the Hague-based court docket on Monday.

“Provisional measures are urgently required to prevent further irreparable harm.”

The two former Soviet republics battled for six weeks final autumn over the breakaway area of Nagorno-Karabakh in a battle that claimed greater than 6,500 lives.

The combating ended when Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan signed a ceasefire settlement that granted Azerbaijan management over elements of Nagorno-Karabakh, in addition to adjoining territories occupied by Armenians.

Mammadov mentioned that after the “liberation” of elements of the area final yr, Azerbaijani civilians who returned to their houses had discovered the realm had been “carpeted” with landmines by Armenia.

Armenia “still to this day refuses to share complete and accurate maps of the mines needed to progress clearance operations, and even continues to plant new mines on Azerbaijan’s territory,” he mentioned.

“This is quite simply a continuation of Armenia’s decades-long ethnic cleansing campaign an attempt to keep this territory cleansed of Azerbaijanis in pursuit of some desperate revanchist design.” [is the an supposed to be and? Or it is missing a comma?]

According to figures cited by the deputy overseas minister, no less than 106 Azerbaijanis together with 65 civilians have been killed or injured by mines because the finish of final yr’s battle.

Armenian consultant Yeghishe Kirakosyan urged the court docket to reject the requests, calling Azerbaijan’s case “a tactic engineered to … give the impression that Azerbaijan is the true victim”.

Kirakosyan denied the accusations and informed judges that “in the context of resolving all outstanding humanitarian issues, we stand ready to provide any more maps in our possession”.

The grievance follows one introduced by Armenia final week, wherein Azerbaijan was accused of inciting ethnic hatred and requested to launch prisoners from the struggle.

Both circumstances will probably take years to reach a conclusion on the Hague-based court docket.

The hearings in current days have centered on each international locations’ requests for provisional measures, which the court docket can impose to be able to stop acts that would have an effect on the circumstances.

Judges will probably subject their selections on these requests within the coming weeks.