YEREVAN(Armenpress) — According to Artsakh President Spokesperson David Babayan, Azerbaijan’s attempts to escalate the situation and ceasefire violation incidents during the festive days are a demonstration of treacherous policy.
“Azerbaijan is a terrorist state. Azerbaijan’s actions on the border must be an alert for the international community. The international community must adopt a serious stance on the violations made by Azerbaijan and its disrespect towards the international community. I believe the international community must take tough steps to restrain that country. We witness what happens in Europe and all over the world. Azerbaijan’s actions are another form of terrorism. What Azerbaijan does along the border, and how it glorifies murderers are also a demonstration of terrorism. If Paris or Brussels attackers were glorified, would the international community be content with it? Of course, not. Then why do they keep silent when scums like Safarov are glorified by the Azerbaijani leadership or take identical measures,” Babayan said.
Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk issued a statement on March 18 calling on the Armenian and Azerbaijani sides to maintain the ceasefire regime in the upcoming holidays of Nowruz and Easter period. This was followed by the Defense Ministry’s statement that Armenia is ready to strictly observe the ceasefire, as it has done during the period of the entire confrontation, but expected Azerbaijan’s positively respond to this call. Co-Chairs of the Minsk Group and Gernot Esler, representative of the German presidency in the OSCE urged the same call, to strictly observe the ceasefire during the holidays.
Karabakh Defense Ministry informs that Azerbaijan, however, continues to provoke tension on the contact line with Nagorno-Karabakh, by firing AGS-17 grenade launchers. The adversary fired over 1100 shots in the direction of Armenian border protecting units from different caliber weapons overnight March 24.