STEPANAKERT (ArmInfo)–Stepanakert, the capital city of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, has proof that representatives of other nations fought on the side of Azerbaijan during that country’s recent aggression against Nagorno Karabakh. The statement came from David Babayan, spokesperson for the NKR President, in an interview with the Public Television of Armenia.
In this light, the Armenian Delegation to PACE will raise the issue of participation of mercenaries and militants of various terrorist organizations, including the “Islamic State,” in the Azerbaijani aggression against Nagorno Karabakh.
“Soldiers that fought the enemy in the battlefield could see that among them were older individuals speaking in Arabic and Turkish. They were mercenaries. We have grounds to say that some of them were militants of terrorist groups, in particular, of the ‘Islamic State,’ ‘Grey Wolves’ and others,” Babayan said.
He said that the atrocities the Azerbaijani side committed in Karabakh, such as beheadings and mutilation of fighters and civilians, are ISIS-style crimes.
In an interview with Tert.am, press-secretary of the NKR President David Babayan said that at the moment, the situation is relatively sustainable, although the enemy continues to violate ceasefire in some places. All is quiet and there is no dead and wounded in comparison with the April 1-5 attacks.
He noted that the Armenian side should always be ready for any development.
“First of all, we must believe in our forces, the army, the people and the unity. Azerbaijan –is a fascist, terrorist country, and be can never believe them. Our army must be strong, must draw the appropriate conclusions after the four day war. Shortcomings have to be corrected; it will be a key factor for peace and stability. But I think that if Azerbaijan once again goes to such steps, it would mean the complete collapse of the OSCE Minsk Group process and there will be no need for the negotiations,” Babayan said.
David Babayan noted that the Minsk Group must implement a system to identify who initiates ceasefire violations, and that without mandate, the cycle of violations will continue.