Azerbaijan Denies Observers Access to Front Lines

Azerbaijan’s President İlham Aliyev inspects a military outpost on the Armenian-Azeri border

BAKU—On January 15, in accordance with the arrangement reached with the authorities of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, the OSCE Mission conducted a planned monitoring of the Line of Contact between the armed forces of Nagorno Karabakh and Azerbaijan in the northern direction of the Kuropatkino settlement of Karabakh’s Martouni region.

From the positions of the Karabakh Defense Army, the monitoring was conducted by Field Assistants of the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Khristo Khristov (Bulgaria) and Jiri Aberle (Czech Republic).

From the Azeri side, the monitoring was conducted by Field Assistants of the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Yevgeny Sharov (Ukraine) and William Pryor (Great Britain).

The monitoring passed in accordance with the agreed schedule. No violation of the cease-fire regime was registered. However, the Azeri side did not lead the OSCE mission to its front-lines.

From the Karabakh side, the monitoring mission was accompanied by representatives of the Nagorno-Karabakh Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defense.

The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter, received the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Ambassadors Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, Jacques Faure of France, James Warlick of the United States, and the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk, in Bern.

Burkhalter discussed the co-operation between the Swiss Chairperson-in-Office and the Co-Chairs of the Minsk Group and expressed his appreciation for their mediation efforts.

The Co-Chairs and Ambassador Kasprzyk also met with Yves Rossier, the State Secretary of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.


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  1. Norin Radd said:

    If Azeris are not cooperating on front line monitoring, why are we? The front line contains sensitive positional information and how do we know this information will not later be relayed to our enemies? Esh miyamit hyeutyoon, business as usual for Armenians.

  2. GeorgeMardig said:

    Once Oil rigs stop producing, the West will dump Azerbaijan since he will be left with nothing to offer, even his brother Turkey will dump him, he will be more liabilty than benefit to continue with such a relation. GOD help Azeri people with such a DIK head Aliyev.

  3. GB said:

    This corrupted Sultan of Axerbaijan must be proud of his coward terrorists snipers, who are shooting unarmed civilians. After all these Sheikhdom oily army never achieved a victory against Armenians!!