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Statement during the August 2016 Security Council open debate on children and armed conflict:

“Recently, in April, Armenia conducted large-scale attacks, including against the civilian population of Azerbaijan, as a result of which children were killed and a number of schools, kindergartens and medical facilities substantially damaged. In this regard, we subscribe to the recommendation of the Secretary-General that that all parties to the conflict should refrain from using explosive weapons in populated areas. Indeed, the suffering of children could be significantly alleviated if the parties were to respect international humanitarian and human rights law.”

Statement during the June 2016 Security Council open debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict:

“Azerbaijan strongly condemns all attacks on civilians and civilian structures in situations of armed conflict. We are deeply concerned by sexual violence in conflict, grave violations against children, the use of explosive weapons in populated areas and attacks on humanitarian personnel, to name just a few.”

September 2012 Interactive Dialogue with the SRSG for Children and Armed Conflict at the Human Rights Council:

Azerbaijan said it concurred with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict that ensuring children’s access to education was a powerful means to protect them from becoming involved with armed forces or groups in conflict-affected countries or fragile situations. Azerbaijan also echoed the distinct and specific problems associated with explosive weapons where children not only became victims, but sometimes also became specific targets. NB: This record is taken from the UN

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