YEREVAN (Public Radio of Armenia)—On October 27, in accordance with an arrangement reached with the authorities of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR), the OSCE Minsk Group conducted a monitoring mission of the line of contact between the armed forces of Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan in the Martakert-Tartar road section, with the participation of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairmen.
The monitoring was led by the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk.
From the positions of the NKR 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 opposite side of the line of contact, the monitoring was conducted by Field Assistant of the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Yevgeny Sharov (Ukraine) and staff member of the Office Peter Svedberg.
During the monitoring, the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairmen and the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office crossed the line of contact from the NKR side to Azerbaijan’s territory.
At the end of the monitoring, shots were reportedly fired from submachine guns on the Azerbaijani side, which were registered by the OSCE monitors.
From the Karabakh side, the monitoring mission was accompanied by representatives of the NKR Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defense.
Before the monitoring mission, the co-chairmen met with NKR President Bako Sahakyan to discuss issues related to the settlement of the Karabakh conflict.
Russian Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group Igor Popov told reporters after the meeting that they discussed opportunities for organizing a meeting between the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents. But the main issue on the agenda was the situation at the line of contact and the Armenian-Azerbaijani border.
“The escalation of tensions and the use of heavy weapons are unacceptable. We’ll meet with army representatives to hold serious discussions on the issue,” Popov said.
“We are worried about the ceasefire violations, especially when heavy weapons are used,” U.S. Co-Chair James Warlick said during the monitoring exercise.
“We intend to raise the issue during our meetings on the opposite side and hope to achieve progress,” Warlick said.
The OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs successfully crossed the line of contact accompanied by Andrzey Kasprzyk, the Special Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office. However, the Azerbaijani side opened fire from machine guns at the end of the monitoring.