ILLEGAL OCCUPATION OF AZERBAIJAN’S TERRITORY BY ARMENIA
Since over 20 years, Armenia has continued to illegally occupy around 20% of Azerbaijan’s internationally recognized territory including the region of Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding districts. The entire territory of the invaded lands is almost 13 times the area of the City of Los Angeles or bigger than the U.S. State of Connecticut.
Armenia carried out this medieval-style land grab in 1991-94. The invasion resulted in brutal massacres and ethnic cleansing against Azerbaijani civilian population. More than 800,000 Azerbaijani civilians were forcibly expelled from their homes and land. Together with 250,000 Azerbaijanis expelled from Armenia, the number of Azerbaijani refugees reached over 1 million. Today Azerbaijan has the largest number of refugees per capita in the world.
Four U.N. Security Council resolutions adopted in 1993 condemned this invasion and ethnic cleansing, reaffirmed the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, as well as demanded immediate, complete and unconditional withdrawal of the Armenian occupying forces from all occupied regions. Unfortunately, these binding U.N. Security Council resolutions remain unfulfilled by Armenia.
Following the invasion, Armenia established the so-called “Nagorno-Karabakh Republic” (NKR) on the occupied lands of Azerbaijan. “NKR” is nothing more than a client regime of Armenia.
The Nagorno-Karabakh region is an internationally recognized integral part of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan was admitted to the United Nations as a sovereign and independent state with the Nagorno-Karabakh region within its borders. The sovereignty, territorial integrity and borders of Azerbaijan have been recognized by all members of the international community. In fact, the United States has unequivocally stated on many occasions that it supports territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and does not recognize Nagorno-Karabakh as an independent state.
The following articles intend to shed light on various aspects of this occupation and its repercussions.