Sarkisian Calls Out International Silence on Baku’s Aggression, Vows Retaliation

President Serzh Sarkisian at the Armenian Genocide Centennial Coordinating Council meeting Saturday

President Serzh Sarkisian at the Armenian Genocide Centennial Coordinating Council meeting Saturday

YEREVAN–President Serzh Sarkisian on Saturday, took the podium at the 6th session of the State Commission on Coordination of the Events for the Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide to criticize the international community for its false parity toward Azerbaijan in the wake on renewed and more hostile attacks by Azerbaijan and vowed retaliation in the absence of world’s inability to condemn Azerbaijan.

“On the eve of the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly and amid the regular peacemaking efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group co-Chairs, before the eyes of the entire world, confident in is impunity, and inspired by the practice of numerous international players to place parity between the conflicting sides’ actions, Azerbaijan again unrepentantly violated its very obligations to maintain the ceasefire. As a consequence of the ceasefire violation, we have suffered painful losses: 4 Armenian young soldiers, the guardians of their motherland’s tranquility, soldiers who were very far from the immediate danger zone and were engaged in their everyday activities 5 km away from the frontline, were killed. And one day ago, in their own house, in their own garden, in front of their beloved people were killed 3 women, a mother, a sister and a daughter, who would take care of their family with their peaceful work,” Sarkisian said, according to a translated text of his remarks provided by the presidential press service.

“They were killed because an entire world can’t make Azerbaijan understand that the path of human losses, bloodsheds, sufferings and tortures, and of drowning out the voice of its own citizens does not lead to peace, does not lead to prosperity, and does not lead to stability and security,” added Sarkisian.

“As demonstrated by modern history of human kind, the path chosen by Azerbaijani authorities of crimes against humanity either results in an international punishment or leads to the scaffold put up by its own people completely run out of patience. By deviating from the path to the peaceful resolution of the conflict, Azerbaijan is also deviating, gradually and steadily, from the path of other norms of international law. Gradually and steadily, Azerbaijan’s criminal regime is further plunging into the swamp of crimes against humanity,” declared Sarkisian.

“The law of the civilized world calls upon humanity to put an end to the impunity of crimes against humanity. The Republic of Armenia is committed to this position. We will consistently reveal, disclose and persecute each committer of such crimes, starting from the private solider executing an order to the commander issuing such an order. Lacking alternatives, we ourselves will be humanity’s retributive sword against committers of these crimes. We will do it on our own as long as the civilized world is not able to find a more effective mechanism,” vowed Sarkisian.

These are not mere words when we say that we are afraid of war, but are not afraid to fight. Armenia and by Armenia I also mean Nagorno-Karabakh as its inseparable part, is one of the most militarized zones on the earth. As you know, our grandfathers would say that ‘no pilaf is being handed out during a battle.’ And throughout more than 20 years of the imposed ceasefire, which has been impossible to transform into peace because of Baku’s authorities, we have tried our best to avoid a new confrontation. We will continue in the same vein, and that also includes retributive actions so that the opponent does not think that his impertinent behavior is remained unpunished,” said Sarkisian.

“Without a doubt, we will certainly force Azerbaijan’s government to give an account to its people for causing them continued suffering. This much for now,” concluded the president.


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  1. Raffi said:

    Retaliation should be the las resource, Armenians should be patient and not to go into full blown war, it can worsen the situation, cost of lives lost will be extreme and will make harder for a promp solution., En contrary they should be ready to hit very hard deep into Azerbaijan incluiding oil and gas fields, should Azerbaijan decide to start a war,