The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) is calling upon the Obama Administration to investigate violations of the “Leahy Law” regarding U.S. military assistance to units of the Azerbaijani armed forces that are credibly reported to have committed “gross violations of internationally recognized human rights.”
A number of steps have been taken in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh to overcome the consequences of the hostilities unleashed by Azerbaijan in early April. Among such measures was the decision by the Armenian government on Thursday to ensure treatment of wounded soldiers abroad, if necessary.
Nagorno-Karabakh’s Defense Army reports a successful repulsion of an attempt by a group of Azerbaijani commandoes to carry out a “sabotage-reconnaissance infiltration” in the southern direction.
A brawl between Armenian and Azerbaijani delegations marred European Kung Fu championships in Lviv, Ukraine, where a fight between the two rival nations’ representatives had to be stopped because of a skirmish that got out of hand.
Sargsyan: Armenia was not against presence of peacekeepers in Karabakh, but wants “final settlement”
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, who was in Germany on an official visit earlier this week, told a leading German broadcaster that Armenia did not speak against the presence of peacekeepers in Nagorno-Karabakh, but added that the conflict should get “a final settlement.”
Representatives of the Armenian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), criticized the aggressive military actions of Azerbaijan carried out at the Karabakhi-Azerbaijani line of contact, as well as pro-Azerbaijani behavior of some PACE delegation members.
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.
Elusive assessments of intermediary organizations voiced after the beginning of the hostilities at the line of contact between Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan prove that political developments have fallen behind the frontline reality, political analyst Hrant Melik-Shahnazaryan told media, speaking about the four-day Armenian-Azerbaijani hostilities.
The United States continues to support the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) process for a Nagorno-Karabakh settlement, U.S. Department of State spokesperson John Kirby said at a daily press briefing in Washington DC on Thursday.
As part of their landmark visit to Nagorno-Karabakh held in conditions of a tense ceasefire His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of all Armenians, and His Holiness Aram I, the Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, visited St. Hovhannes Mkrtich church of Gandzasar on April 13.