Armenian political, public and analytical circles believe that the landmark visit of two Armenian Church leaders to Nagorno-Karabakh at a crucial time for the struggling republic will have a lasting impact.
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan raised the issue of Russian deliveries of armaments to Azerbaijan, saying that they were “fully used” in the latest outbreak of violence in the Karabakh conflict zone, as he received Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev late on Thursday.
Allegations about Armenia’s “nuclear capabilities” and even possession of some kind of an “A-bomb”, which have been strongly denied at the state level in Yerevan, have recently led to a real anti-Armenian hysteria in Azerbaijan where at different levels calls have been made for the international community to deal with the matter.
Representatives of the military and political leadership in Nagorno-Karabakh argue that militants that once was trained by or fought along with ISIS and other terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq were involved in atrocities against the Armenian military and civilians during the four-day war with Azerbaijan in early April.
“A manifestation of outstanding statesmanship.” This is how ex-president Levon Ter-Petrosyan’s behavior after the April aggression of Azerbaijan against Nagorno-Karabakh has been described by Deputy Parliament Speaker Eduard Sharmazanov, who is also a spokesperson for the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA).
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.
International mediators brokering a solution to the protracted Nagorno-Karabakh dispute believe that the parties to the conflict are ready to observe the ceasefire that was tentatively reached after several days of intense fighting earlier this week.
The Armenian Assembly of America (AAA), as one of the largest Armenian advocacy groups in the United States, is engaged in serious work with the U.S. executive and legislative authorities to counter Azerbaijan’s attempt to disturb peace and renew hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh, according to a representative.
Recruitment for homeland defense, initiated by the Association of Freedom Fighters of the Shushi special battalion (SHAGAM) NGO, has been joined by several hundred volunteers.
Armenia has strongly condemned Azerbaijan’s move to unilaterally denounce a 1994 ceasefire that had largely been held in Nagorno-Karabakh before the four-day hostilities in early April. It considers the letter to that effect disseminated by Azerbaijan at the UN General Assembly and Security Council on April 25 to be “provocative”.