The Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Azerbaijan ensures conduct of monitoring by the Office of the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office on the Conflict Dealt with by the OSCE Minsk Conference on the Line of Confrontation between the Armenian and Azerbaijani troops and at the state border.
International Arms Control activities in the Azerbaijan Army
The Republic of Azerbaijan, along with several military-political agreements on Arms Control, has acceded to the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe and the Vienna Document on Confidence and Security Building Measures within the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Azerbaijan fulfils its commitments under many international agreements. Moreover, the Republic of Azerbaijan participates in the Annual Exchange of Information (AEI) and Annual Exchange of Military Information (AEMI) on its military forces and accepts inspections from other States Parties on the basis of the provided information in order to ensure trust and transparency.
“Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe” - was signed on November 19, 1990 by 16 NATO and 6 State Parties to the Warsaw Pact Treaty and entered into force on November 9, 1992. Currently, 29 State Parties are members to the Treaty. On May 31, 1992 the Treaty was ratified by the National Assembly (Milli Mejlis) of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The treaty is comprised of 7 protocols and imposes restrictions on 5 categories of light weapons. According to the Treaty, battle tanks, armoured combat vehicles, large calibre artillery systems with a calibre of 100 millimetres and above, combat aircrafts and attack helicopters are limited. Each State Party shall carry out the obligations set forth in this Treaty in accordance with its provisions, including those obligations relating to the above-mentioned five categories of conventional armed forces. Until the end of January 2018, different Participating States carried out 123 inspections in the Azerbaijan Army within the Treaty.
Vienna Document on Confidence - and Security - Building Measures of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
The Vienna Document was signed on 17 November 1990 by the OSCE member states. The Vienna Document was revised in 1992, 1994, 1999 and 2011 and adopted by the Participating States in the new edition. Presently, the Vienna Document is an agreement between 57 member states. The Vienna Document is comprised of 12 chapters, and in accordance with the provisions contained in this document each participating State has the right to conduct inspections on the territory of any other participating State within the zone of application to inspect whether any non – notified military activity to be carried out. Various participating States conduct 3 inspections and 1 evaluation visit to “specified area” in the Azerbaijan Army every year. The purpose of the visit is to inspect military units declared in the Annual Exchange of Military Information (AEMI). An inspection may not be carried out only due to “force majeure”. Until the end of January 2018, different Participating States carried out 31 “evaluation” visits and 64 inspections of “specified area” in the Azerbaijan Army within the Vienna Document.