After meeting with the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan earlier this month, the co-chairs of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Minsk Group announced a meeting of the two countries’ presidents in June. But the specific date and venue of the meeting remain unknown yet.
Levon Mnatsakanyan, the Nagorno Karabakh Republic Defense Minister and Chief Commander of the Defense Army, said that the statements by former defense chief, Lieutenant-General Samvel Babayan are sabotage against the society in Karabakh and its independence.
The brief war in Nagorno Karabakh in early April resulted not only in the mobilization of the military, but also the clergy, which became evident already on the third day of the hostilities when His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, conducted an unprecedented prayer at the St. Gregory the Illuminator Church in Yerevan – for the Homeland and the soldiers defending it.
An initiative group has been set up in Nagorno Karabakh to push for the appointment of Lieutenant-General Samvel Babayan as defense minister and commander of the Republic’s defense army.
Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian, while on a working visit to Paris, France, on June 2, held a meeting with the OSCE Minsk Group’s Co-Chairs Igor Popov, James Warlick, Pierre Andrieu and Andrzej Kasprzyk, Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office.
Ruling party representatives in Armenia take the criticism of the former military commander of Nagorno Karabakh regarding the April fighting with Azerbaijan in its stride, saying, at the same time, that criticizing is the “easiest thing to do”.
James Warlick, the American co-chair of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Minsk Group brokering a Nagorno Karabakh settlement, has expressed a hope for a meeting between President Serzh Sargsyan of Armenia and President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan to be held later this month.
Armenia’s largest charity, the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund, is again reaching out to the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) with an offer of assistance in rehabilitation after last month’s brief war with Azerbaijan.
Military doctors, who worked at the frontlines during last month’s four-day war, say that the Armenian army is fully provided with medicine, medical equipment and ambulance vehicles.
Speaking in the Armenian Parliament on Thursday, Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Nalbandian revealed some details of the May 16 meeting between the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan in Vienna, Austria. The Armenian minister confirmed that Azerbaijan did not accede to the statement by the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs.