Two Azerbaijani Civilians Killed by Armenia, the Neighborhood Nemesis

The news on the frontline of the Nagorno-Karabakh territory you will hardly read or hear about.

On July 4, 2017, while the American nation was celebrating its 241 years of Independence, the armed forces of Armenia launched a military provocation on Azerbaijan territory with 82 and 120 mm mortars and heavy grenade launchers, targeting and deliberately aiming at civilians of the Azerbaijan village Alkhanli in the Fizuli region of Azerbaijan.

The innocent fatality victims were 51 year old Allahverdiyeva Sahiba, born in 1967, and her 18 months old granddaughter, Guliyeva Zahra. Another civilian, Guliyeva Sarvinaz, 53 year old, born in 1965, was wounded and the village suffered property damages.

 The 18 months old victim's body is carried to be buried by her relatives and fellow villagers on Wednesday, July 5 2017

This assault proves once again the terrorist nature of the state of Armenia.

The conflict between Armenia – a war seeker - and Azerbaijan – a peace seeker – has a long and ugly history.

Armenia has been systematically and deliberately targeting Azerbaijani civilian population, residing in the densely populated areas adjacent to the frontline between the two countries.

Armenia resorting to nefarious provocations aimed at killing of civilians, including children, is a war crime. These ongoing deliberate attacks against the Azerbaijani civilian population and civilian property constitute a serious violation of international humanitarian and human rights law, in particular the 1949 Geneva Conventions and Additional Protocol I thereto, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

To no avail Azerbaijan has repeatedly brought to the attention of the international community the facts of this conflict. The unlawful presence of Armenian armed forces in Armenia occupied territories of Azerbaijan is the primary reason of the tension and warfare incidents in the frontline of these two countries. It is a major obstruction of 4 UN resolutions on this conflict.

Reminder - How this conflict began

At the heart of the dispute surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh region is centuries-old dispute.

 Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh map

Both, Armenians and Azeris consider the mountainous region, which is about 4,400 sq km (1,700 sq miles) region, culturally and historically, to be theirs.

Under the Soviet Union reign, as an autonomous region within Azerbaijan, the region was largely populated by ethnic Armenians. As the Soviet Union began to break down, the ethnic Armenians of the region sought unification with Armenia, which led to a bitter war in the 1990s with many casualties.

Ethnic Azeris fled Karabakh and Armenia into mainland Azerbaijan to become IDP (Internally displace people) while ethnic Armenians fled from Azerbaijan.

No peace deal has yet to be signed between the two rivals and violence has been sporadically flaring up in recent years. During April 2016, deadly clashes erupted and have lasted for four days before a ceasefire was achieved.

International apathy, WHY?

Armenia targeting innocent civilians is not a random crime, rather it is systematically.

The fact that the Armenian side committed this crime after the recent visit of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs (co-chaired by France, the Russian Federation, and the United States) to the region (OSCE [Organization For Security and Co-operation in Europe]) (The Minsk Group, activities have become known as the Minsk Process, spearheads the OSCE's efforts to find a peaceful solution to the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict), shows that it is not accidental. When looking at the immediate past we can see that at the time when the negotiations are intensified, important results are expected, during or following the next visit of OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs to the region. At that time, as a rule, Armenia violated the ceasefire and the cases of murdering civilians have increased.

At the time when there are calls for a change in the status quo, at the meetings with OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs, through substantive negotiations, Armenia launces armed provocations aimed at civilians. The deliberate attacks only prove, for the ample time, that Armenia is not interested in putting an end to the occupation, rather prolonging it and cause more damage to people and property.

The documents adopted by international organizations regarding this Nagorno-Karabakh region occupation have not been implemented. Inspired by the absence of any difference between occupant and the occupied side and the fact that no sanctions are imposed on it for its occupation policy, Armenia continues to commit bloody crimes against ethnic Azerbaijanis. In this case, the international organizations act as defenders of the aggressor, Armenia, and de-facto support it.

Immediately after the incident Mr. Nasimi.Aghayev, Azerbaijan’s consul general in Los Angeles stated: “Targeting and killing civilians, especially little children, must be vehemently condemned by the global community. The tragic killing of Zahra should be a wake-up call for the world, vividly showing that the current status quo in the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict is untenable and the ongoing military occupation of Azerbaijan’s territory by Armenia must end.”

The killing of 18-month-old baby, Zahra, is one other shameful case Armenia and its international community supporter need to stand trial for.

Decent nations, members of the international community, should stop being indifferent to Armenia's perpetual aggression and take real measures to stop the Armenian occupation and bring peace to the region.

Endless innocent blood spilling conflicts have no place in a civilized world.