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.
Amid active speculations about a possible Russian plan for a Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement, sentiments against any territorial concessions to Azerbaijan have been on the rise in Armenia these days.
After meeting with the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan earlier this month, the co-chairs of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Minsk Group announced a meeting of the two countries’ presidents in June. But the specific date and venue of the meeting remain unknown yet.
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.
The trenches dug by children can be seen in gardens in the village of Mataghis in Nagorno-Karabakh, where their favorite war game has been interrupted by a real war. They have been used to hearing shots from the frontline since they were born, while at a more mature age, all of them want to become soldiers.
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.
The wording on Nagorno-Karabakh in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) document totally distorts the essence of the conflict, which is a result of the Azerbaijani policy of militarily pressuring the self-determination right of the people of Nagorno Karabakh, stated Armenia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharyan.
The meeting between President Serzh Sargsyan of Armenia and President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan held with international mediation was, in general, positively received by the Armenian side, but experts and politicians also general expect no significant changes in the process as a result of that.
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.”
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.