YEREVAN (Public Radio of Armenia)—Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharyan said he believes Azerbaijan is triggering the process of international recognition of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, after a meeting of government today.
“Azerbaijan has gone beyond all limits, and it’s not only about the recent actions, but also the impudence it demonstrates towards international law and its own commitments,” Kocharyan said. He added that it was Azerbaijan that asked for ceasefire in 1994.
“International law means nothing to Azerbaijan. Different terrorist organizations demonstrate nearly the same behavior today by killing people and destroying monuments. Let’s remember the demolition of cross-stones in Jugha,” Kocharyan said.
“I think Azerbaijan is thus triggering the process of international recognition of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic,” Kocharyan stated.
“It’s high time for the international community, and first of all the Minsk Group Co-Chairs to understand that the blurred and ‘balanced’ statements they make result in human losses,” said National Assembly member Karen Bekaryan, President of the non-governmental organization “European Integration.”
According to him, the international community has levers to influence Azerbaijan in case of escalation at the border, but it fails to make effective use of them.
“The reason is simple; interests are being placed above values,” Bekaryan said at a press conference today.
He said this position is dangerous, especially considering that no one wins anything here, not even those who place certain interests above values.
Bekaryan also stated that by keeping quiet on border incidents the international community assumes responsibly for the bloodshed and human losses.
“I think this perception is gradually maturing, but too slowly. Unfortunately, this slow pace leads to more losses,” he said.
Bekaryan noted the downing of an Armenian helicopter by Azerbaijan last November, when the international community once again failed to respond, forcing Armenian forces to recover the bodies of the pilots through military actions.
“Azeri soldiers were killed as a result of the operation. But did anyone ask why we did so? No, because it was clear to everyone that this was the only option left,” Bekaryan said.
Referring to President Serzh Sarkisian’s address to the UN General Assembly, Bekaryan said there was a serious focus on the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, and this could be considered one of the most essential achievements of the centennial year.
“The speech highlighted the main targets of the pan-Armenian agenda in this centennial year. Naturally, it was stressed that there can be no essential progress on issues of security unless such crimes are recognized and condemned,” Bekaryan said.