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.
Azerbaijani armed forces used unmanned aerial vehicles for spying purposes in the southern, eastern and northern directions of the line of contact with Nagorno-Karabakh overnight as the tentative April 5 ceasefire agreed in the conflict zone after four days of deadly fighting mostly held on April 11 and early April 12.
Armenia’s ex-president and current opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosyan believes the Karabakh war will soon shift from the battlefields to a “diplomatic front”, in which, he says, current president Serzh Sargsyan “should feel strong and have the support of the people.”
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.
The co-chairs of the Minsk Group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)] are not responsible for saying who attacked first in military operations, Alexander Iskandaryan, the director of the Yerevan based Caucasus Institute, told media Monday.
President Serzh Sargsyan met with his bitter critic, former President Levon Ter-Petrosyan on Saturday in order to discuss the latest escalation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, his press office said.
Nagorno-Karabakh’s state commission on prisoners of war, hostages and missing persons on Sunday participated in an exchange of bodies with the Azerbaijani side near the settlement of Bash Karvend.
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.
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.
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.”