Armenia has accused Azerbaijan of trying to question the outcome of a recent internationally mediated meeting of the two countries’ leaders during which a number of measures related to security in the Nagorno Karabakh conflict zone were reportedly agreed.
An Armenian soldier was killed in the Karabakh conflict zone early on Thursday in what the Defense Army described as an “aggressive action” launched by the Azerbaijani armed forces.
As the debate about whether the territories lost by the Armenian military in the brief war with Azerbaijan in Nagorno Karabakh in early April goes on in Armenia, hundreds of displaced residents of a village situated close to the restive line of contact in the northeastern direction cannot return to their homes because of the altered military positions.
Men of all ages, gathered in the courtyard of the Armavir Provincial Military Commissariat, give a loud military salute to the commander’s greeting, which is followed by response in a manly voice: “Good luck guys and welcome back”.
In a move praised in Yerevan, Stepanakert and across the Armenian Diaspora, the Chamber of Deputies (Parliament) of Chile unanimously passed a resolution earlier this week condemning the “armed attack of Azerbaijan against the Nagorno Karabakh Republic” on Wednesday.
Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan and Iran’s Minister of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics Hossein Dehghan have discussed the recent escalation of the situation at the line of contact between Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan.
Arman Navasardyan, who holds the rank of ambassador with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, says Armenia should strengthen its Karabakh-related negotiations, despite President Serzh Sargsyan’s recent statements seemingly to the contrary (in an interview published by Bloomberg).
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.
A 1992-1994 Karabakh war veteran who is one of the leaders of Armenia’s radical opposition movement today believes that the Armenian side should not have agreed to halt military operations after four days of fighting sparked by Azerbaijan’s aggression and should have given a “final solution” to the problem during the escalation earlier this month.
An Armenian soldier was killed in Nagorno Karabakh in a fresh ceasefire violation by Azerbaijan that reportedly occurred within hours after a “reinforced monitoring of the Line of Contact” conducted by international mediators.