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War Report 2012 confirms occupation of Azerbaijani territories by Armenia

By Gulgiz Dadashova
December 16, 2013

The War Report 2012 prepared by the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights unequivocally confirmed the fact of the occupation of the Azerbaijani territories by the Armenian forces.

Azerbaijan's Permanent Mission to the UN and other international organizations in Geneva announced about this on December 14. The mission attended the launch ceremony of the report.

The document also confirmed continued military aggression of Armenia against Azerbaijan, and only Azerbaijan and Armenia being parties to the conflict was emphasized in the report.

Armenia captured Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding districts from Azerbaijan in a war that followed the Soviet breakup in 1991. More than 20,000 Azerbaijanis were killed and nearly 1 million were displaced as a result of the war.

Large-scale hostilities ended with a Russia-brokered ceasefire in 1994 but Armenia continued the occupation in defiance of four UN Security Council resolutions calling for their immediate and unconditional withdrawal. Peace talks mediated by Russia, France and the US have produced no results so far.

The occupation of more than one-seventh of the territory of Azerbaijan and the obligations of Armenia as an occupying power were mentioned in the part of the report entitled "Military occupation of Azerbaijan by Armenia".

The War Report 2012 was published by Oxford University Press for the first time this year. The report provides extensive information with regard to 37 armed conflicts that either took place or continued in the territory of 24 states in the year of 2012.

The report is aimed to serve as a source of reference and information with regard to the conflicts around the globe for states, UN and its specialized agencies, international non-governmental organizations and academic circles. It is planned to issue the report on a regular basis together with the relevant updated information.

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights aims to conduct and promote scientific research, organise training courses and expert meetings and provide legal expertise in the branches of international law relating to situations of armed conflicts. Geneva Academy was founded jointly in 2007 by the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.

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