Armenia’s Ministry of Defense has published the latest data on casualties at the line of contact between Nagorno-Karabakh’s and Azerbaijan’s armed forces since the start of the month, putting the overall death toll at 92.
Official Tehran does not participate in the Karabakh negotiation process, however, according to a Yerevan-based analyst, Iran is seeking to strengthen its role in the process.
According to Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian, the essence of the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement process is that “Karabakh can never be part of Azerbaijan.”
The Armenian Assembly of America (AAA) has called upon Members of Congress to withdraw from the Congressional Caucus on Turkey and Turkish Americans and the Congressional Azerbaijan Caucus “in light of the pattern of behavior culminating in the military offensive admittedly initiated by Azerbaijan with the support of Turkish military, personnel, and equipment on April 2nd against Armenia and the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.”
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.
One Armenian serviceman was reportedly wounded overnight as a result of continued Azeri violations in the Karabakh conflict zone. The April 5 ceasefire agreed by the conflicting parties after a major outbreak of hostilities earlier this month has, however, largely held.
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 authorities of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh should spare no effort for collecting evidence on the torture of Armenian soldiers’ bodies by Azerbaijan so as to be able to appeal to international institutions later, say human rights advocates.
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 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.”