Deputy Parliament Speaker Eduard Sharmazanov believes that there is no need to take drastic measures and strain relations with Russia, Armenia’s top military and political ally, because of statements and actions of the latter during the latest Karabakh crisis.
The Armenian Government on Thursday gave its endorsement to a bill co-authored by two opposition members of parliament under which Armenia would formally recognize the independence of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR).
Nagorno-Karabakh’s military authorities have reported a new fatality at the line of contact with Azerbaijan, at the same time denying Baku’s accusations that Armenian forces have violated the current fragile ceasefire by killing an Azeri serviceman.
President Serzh Sargsyan of Armenia and President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan agreed to respect ceasefire in Nagorno Karabakh and resume their dialogue to find a compromise peace deal during internationally mediated talks in Vienna, Austria, late on Monday.
According to a senior Armenian military official, it was Azerbaijan that had sought a ceasefire several days after renewing hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh early this month.
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan has commended Nagorno-Karabakh’s ethnic Armenian army as he awarded medals to several dozen of its soldiers who demonstrated courage and valor in fighting against Azeri troops during the April 2-5 clashes.
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.
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, have arrived in Nagorno-Karabakh on a joint visit supposed to bolster the spirit of Armenians fighting for their identity in a beleaguered land.
Opposition MP Zaruhi Postanjyan does not rule out that after the endorsement by the government of a bill on Nagorno-Karabakh’s recognition co-authored by her it will eventually be blocked in the National Assembly.
Practically all elements of a Nagorno-Karabakh settlement are “on the table”, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said following talks with his Azerbaijani and Iranian counterparts in Baku on Thursday.