Politics 15:06 31/10/2020 NKR

Defense Ministry: Azerbaijan makes futile efforts to come off clear after using phosphorus munitions against Artsakh

After the Artsakh Defense Army presented indisputable facts of the use of phosphorus munitions containing elements of chemical weapons by the enemy forces, the Azerbaijani official circles have bent to the unpromising task of spreading ludicrous and naive statements making futile efforts in their quest to come off clear, spokeswoman of the Armenian Defense Ministry Shushan Stepanyan said on Facebook on Saturday.

In a statement earlier, the Artsakh military said that the Azerbaijani forces used phosphorus munitions containing elements of chemical weapons in the Artsakh-Azerbaijan conflict zone, which is a gross violation of international humanitarian law, norms and principles of customary law, Geneva conventions, as well as the provisions of the relevant UN conventions and documents.

“Apart from the intent to inflict damage on the Armenian forces, the enemy also aims to cause massive forest fires and create real environmental disaster hazards in the area.

“The prohibition of such actions and the protection of concomitant rights and values rest primarily in the realm of customary law, whereas the use of such weapons, which do not distinguish between military and civilian targets, in the meantime causing an environmental disaster and possible human losses, constitutes war crimes,” the statement read.



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