UN Hİgh Commİssİoner for Human Rİghts protests agaİnst Armenİan ban İmposed on the entry of observers to Nagorno-Karabakh
APA. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein has protested against the Armenian ban on the entry of international observers to Nagorno-Karabakh,APA reports quoting the UN website.
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein drew attention to the attempts of some countries to prevent the work of international observers and human rights activists at the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council, .
Zeid Raad al-Hussein noted that his office did not have access to the Crimea, Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Nagorno-Karabakh because of uncertain reasons and it raises deserved suspicions that they had something to hide from UN observers.
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict entered its modern phase when the Armenian SRR made territorial claims against the Azerbaijani SSR in 1988.
A fierce war broke out between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. As a result of the war, Armenian armed forces occupied some 20 percent of Azerbaijani territory which includesNagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent districts (Lachin, Kalbajar, Aghdam,Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Gubadli and Zangilan), and over a million Azerbaijanis became refugees and internally displaced people.
The military operations finally came to an end when Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in Bishkek in 1994.
Dealing with the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the OSCEMinsk Group, which was created after the meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Helsinki on 24 March 1992. The Group’s members include Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia, the United States, France, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Belarus, Finland and Sweden.
Besides, the OSCE Minsk Group has a co-chairmanship institution, comprised of Russian, US and French co-chairs, which began operating in 1996.
Resolutions 822, 853, 874 and 884 of the UN Security Council, which were passed in short intervals in 1993, and other resolutions adopted by the UN General Assembly, PACE, OSCE, OIC, and other organizations require Armenia to unconditionally withdraw its troops from Nagorno-Karabakh.