On May 11th, 1994, ceasefire established between involved parties in Artsakh/Nagorno Karabakh’s conflict. An official protocol was then signed on ceasefire conditions.
The most significant part of the protocol is not its content itself but the fact that Artsakh’s (Nagorno Karabakh’s) Minister of Defense has signed the protocol as an equal party together with Armenia and Azerbaijan.
This clearly shows that back in 1994 Azerbaijan officially and legally recognized Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh) as a state. Otherwise, how could Azerbaijan sign a protocol with Artsakh’s (Nagorno Karabakh) Minister of Defense.
De facto and de jure Azerbaijan has admitted that the government of Artsakh is a respected party of the conflict.
Azerbaijan’s current claims that the same government is just “separatists” now for them not only contradicts International Law but also clearly shows manipulation of reality.
Below is the translation of the respected protocol:
Responding to the call of ceasefire set out by Bishkek protocol of May 5 1994 and relying on the Protocol dated February 18, 1994, the opposing sides agreed about the following.
1. Ensuring a complete ceasefire and hostilities from 00 hours 01 minutes on May 12, 1994
Relevant ceasefire orders will be issued and communicated to commanders of military formations responsible for their implementation on May 11, 1994.
May 12 until 23.00 The parties will exchange the text of their orders on a ceasefire with the aim of their possible mutual competent and further unifications of the Basic provisions of similar documents.
2. To ask the minister of Defense of the Russian Federation to convene in Moscow no later than May 12 of this year. Urgent Ministerial meeting defense of Azerbaijan, Armenia and the commander of Army of Nagorny Karabakh in order to coordinate the boundaries the Withdraw of troops, and other Urgent Military Technical Issues and preparation deployment of an advanced group of international observers.
3. This agreement will be used for completion in the next 10 days of negotiations to conclude not later on May 22 of this year Agreements to end the armed conflict.
4. This agreement will enter into force immediately after how the intermediary notifies, that he received from the opposing forces completely identical documents signed by Authorized Representatives.