Military service by the citizens of Armenia in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan is a violation of the norms of international law, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry’s Spokesman Hikmet Hajiyev told on May 27, commenting on the information about the military service of Armenian prime minister’s son in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan.

Hajiyev noted that the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry considers the sending of the son of Armenian prime minister, whose euphoric period is already running out, to military service in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan as populism.

“Military service of the citizens of Armenia in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan is a gross violation of the norms and principles of international law and even the laws of Armenia. By taking this step, the leadership of Armenia once again confirmed that international legal responsibility for the occupation of Azerbaijani territories lies with Armenia. Thus, Azerbaijani territories continue to remain under the occupation of the Armenian Armed Forces as a result of the military aggression of Armenia against Azerbaijan”, he said.

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Foreign Ministry spokesperson noted that Armenian citizens, especially young people, are forced to spend the most formative period of their life in the trenches in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan and serve the occupation mission, instead of engaging in creative activity.

“It would be useful for the Armenian leadership to seriously think about the social and economic problems that the country has faced, on the resolution of the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict, to establish peaceful and friendly relations with the countries of the region, rather than to make such populist steps”, Hajiyev said.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

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The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.