Nalbandian Voices Anger Over Azeri Attacks to Minsk Group Co-Chairs

Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian meets with the OSCE Minsk Group Co-chairs in New York City (Source: Public Radio of Armenia)
Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian meets with the OSCE Minsk Group Co-chairs in New York City (Source: Public Radio of Armenia)

Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian meets with the OSCE Minsk Group Co-chairs in New York City (Source: Public Radio of Armenia)

NEW YORK (Public Radio of Armenia)—Upon his arrival in New York yesterday evening, Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian met with OSCE Minsk Group Co-chairs Igor Popov, James Warlick and Pierre Andrieu. Anjey Kasprzyk, the personal representative of the OSCE Chairman in office, also attended the meeting.

Nalbandian expressed his indignation to the Co-chairs over the gross violations of the ceasefire by Azerbaijan, which resulted in three civilian deaths yesterday.

“Azerbaijan has developed a bad practice of escalating the situation, even at the expense of human casualties, on the line of contact with Nagorno-Karabakh and at the border with Armenia, ahead of important visits to the region and high level meetings, thus undermining the meetings and impeding the negotiation process,” Nalbandian said.

Strongly condemning the killing of three Armenian citizens as a result of ceasefire violations by Azerbaijan, Nalbandian said that, “this [is] yet another provocation by Azerbaijan as a response to the expectation, expressed by the Minsk Group Co-chairs, on holding productive talks between [the] Armenian and Azerbaijani Foreign Ministers in New York.”

Possible steps to stabilize the situation were discussed at the meeting.

According to Nalbandian, Baku’s actions called into question the reasonability of holding such meetings for the settlement of the Karabakh conflict settlement.

On September 24, Azerbaijan violated the cease-fire agreement on the north-east section of the Armenia-Azerbaijan border, firing mortars and other weapons across the border. Azerbaijani troops opened fire on border settlements, killing three civilians and wounding three others.

Armenia’s Defense Ministry pledged that it will respond with “equivalent actions.”

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6 Comments

  1. Arto said:

    Armenia’s Defense Ministry pledged that it will respond with “equivalent actions.”

    When? All you do is talk. Don’t talk, act.

  2. edward demian said:

    Respond absolutely. But a productive response. I don’t want another Azery style intrusion, and retreat back with body bags and nothing to show for it. I want retaliation with results. I expect a net gain of one hectar minimum for every life lost. And that means counting back to the day after the armistice. Let the Azery’s know that with every life they count, we count the numbers of hectars that we will take from them as compensation. And that is beside the parts of Getashen and Shaumian that they now hold. Our men shall not have died in vain.

  3. Steve said:

    The failure of the Minsk group to condemn the murders committed by Azerbaijani military proves that they cannot be considered to be acting in good faith and impartial actors. Armenia has no alternative but to suspend its participation in their sponsored peace talks until and unless the osce condemn this Unprovoked aggression and takes immediate multi lateral action to punish the aggressors.

    This in no means should prevent armenia and nkr from taking military action to protect their citizens.

  4. hilda baghoomian said:

    *** Turks are really testing the Armenians, with this kind of murderous provocations and audacity, they are making a huge mistake in calculations., and if and when the people decide that enough is enough., only than the coward Azaris are going to get there asses kicked for good.
    *** Long live free/strong and prosperous Armenia**** The ancient land of the brave, beautiful people and culture.***

  5. Raffi said:

    Armenia’s Defense Ministry pledged that it will respond with “equivalent actions.”, ….waht makes it sad that Aliyev doesn’t give a damn how many of it’s soldiers or civilians die, he’s f…n lunatic, as well his partner OSCE Minsk Group Co-chair James Warlick, and now what Mr. War-lick, how can you justify

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