YEREVAN (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia)– On April 9, Foreign Minister of Armenia Edward Nalbandian met with OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs Igor Popov, James Warlick, Pierre Andrieu and Andrzej Kasprzyk, Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office.
The Co-Chairs informed Foreign Minister of Armenia about the meetings they had with the authorities of Artsakh in Stepanakert and the leadership of Azerbaijan in Baku.
Regarding yet another ceasefire violation by Azerbaijan, resulting in a number of deaths, Edward Nalbandian said, “It is clear to everyone that this offensive was pre-planned far in advance. Baku used its entire offensive military arsenal against Nagorno-Karabakh, which has been acquired over recent years. We had on numerous occasions warned the international community on their violations. We had alerted that the absence of reaction to the threat of use of force by Baku resulted in what we have witnessed these days.”
Edward Nalbandian stressed, that the large-scale military actions unleashed by Azerbaijan have seriously damaged the negotiation process of Nagorno-Karabakh settlement and the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs. According to the Minister, urgent steps are required for the stabilization of the situation.