Eastern Europe

Azerbaijan files a complaint against Armenia to ECHR

15:47, 04 June 2021
Azerbaijan files a complaint against Armenia to ECHR Photo: Guenter Fischer/imageBROKER.com

Azerbaijan has filed a second interstate complaint to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) over Armenia's refusal to provide maps of minefields and unexploded ammunition in the liberated territories of Azerbaijan.

The complaint was meant to increase the pressure on Armenia to fulfill its international obligations, AZERTAC News Agency stated.

"A huge number of mines were left in Azerbaijan by Armenia during almost thirty years of illegal occupation", the report said.

Baku repeatedly appealed to Yerevan, urging Armenia to hand over the minefield maps since the truce was signed on 10 November 2020. In February 2021 Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeykhun Bayramov appealed to the UN Secretary-General to force Armenia to release the location of mines it planted in the Azerbaijani territories.

“Armenia’s refusal to hand over the minefield maps has no strategic, legal or moral merits, and solely intends to cause loss of life and suffering to Azerbaijani civilians in the region," Azerbaijan`s authorized representative in the European Court of Human Right Chingiz Asgarov said. 

"We once again urge Armenia to live up to their international legal obligations by releasing the minefield maps and any relevant information. We call on the European Court to intervene for as long as Armenia continues to refuse.”

As Azerbaijan declared, 35,000 mines from nearly 100 million square meters were cleared in the liberated territories in the 200 days since the Joint Statement was signed.

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict escalated into another full-scale war in 2020. The fighting stopped with a Russian-brokered ceasefire agreement on November 10, in accordance with which Azerbaijan was reunited with some territories lost in the previous conflicts.

Earlier, the Azerbaijani authorities were considering possibly returning the Armenian locals to their homes in Gadrut.