Yerevan Says Will Take Every Step to Guarantee Artsakh’s Security

The Foreign Ministry of Armenia issued an announcement Monday
The Foreign Ministry of Armenia issued an announcement Monday

The Foreign Ministry of Armenia issued an announcement Monday

YEREVAN—Armenia will take every step to guarantee the security of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and its population, announced Armenia’s Foreign Ministry Monday in a statement issued after Azerbaijan disseminated a letter at UN General Assembly and Security Council Monday in which, Armenian says, Baku has “unilaterally denounced” the 1994 cease-fire agreement.

Below is the text of Armenia’s Foreign Ministry statement published on its official website.

Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia
Today at the UN General Assembly and Security Council Azerbaijan has disseminated yet another provocative letter dated April 14, 2016, where, striving to put the blame on Armenia, it unilaterally denounced May 12, 1994 trilateral ceasefire agreement signed between Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia without time limitations.

Armenia strongly condemns this step whereby Azerbaijan grossly breaches May 1994 ceasefire agreement, as well as casts doubt on the July 1994 agreement on the reinforcement of ceasefire and the February 1995 agreement on the consolidation of ceasefire. Notably, the July 1994 agreement requires Azerbaijan to “maintain the ceasefire regime until signing of the big political agreement”.

In this regard the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs already have expressed their position to Azerbaijan, including at the OSCE, in particular stating that 1994 and 1995 agreements, whose terms do not expire, as before, make up the foundation of the cessation of hostilities in the conflict zone. The Co-Chairs called on to strictly adhere to the above-mentioned agreements and not to permit their violation. Disregarding this call, Azerbaijan resorted to this provocative step.

It is necessary to underline that the oral arrangement reached in Moscow on April 5, 2016, to which Azerbaijan refers in its letter, was directed at the cessation of aggressive actions unleashed by Azerbaijan against Nagorno-Karabakh and, as the Co-Chairs have stated, to restore the ceasefire regime. It is obvious, that the mentioned oral arrangement cannot replace the May 12, 1994 ceasefire agreement.

The 1994 and 1995 trilateral ceasefire agreements have for years served as a basis for preserving the fragile ceasefire. Any harm to these agreements is a serious obstacle for the peace process, hinders the efforts of the Co-Chairs and the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman in Office and undermines regional security.

Armenia urges the Co-Chair countries, the international community to immediately undertake all necessary measures to oblige Azerbaijan to strictly abide to the 1994 ceasefire agreement and to implement its international commitments to refrain from the threat or use of force.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia states that, taking into consideration the possible dangerous consequences emanating from this irresponsible step of Azerbaijan, and as a signatory party to 1994 and 1995 existing agreements on the ceasefire and the consolidation of the ceasefire, Armenia will exert every possible effort and carry out all necessary steps to guarantee the security of Nagorno-Karabakh and its population.

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3 Comments

  1. Gary said:

    The foreign ministry of Armenia is rightfully warning Azerbaijan that we will defend karabakh, and preparing Armenians all over the world to get ready for war. This means all donations and every available dollar should go to strengthen Armenian and Karabakh armies.

  2. Samuel Darbinian said:

    Armenian foreign ministry Monday in a statement issued statement after Azarbaijan disseminated a letter at UN General assembly &Security concil, Baku has unilaterally denounced the 1994 ceasefire agreement.
    Means from view point of Azarbaijan recent April 2016 ceasefire agreement between Armenia & Azarbaijan, considered as a sol agreement
    in the benefit of Azarbaijan , which will remove Artsakhi’s delegates from future negotiating table & secure firm position against Armenia
    & Artsakh, by annulling 1994 ceasefire trilateral agreement which included Artsakh Republic as signatories, no doubt this opportunistic action happens on the light of Armenians incompetent leaderships usual blunder, signing critical ceasefire agreement in the absence of Artsakhi’s. then without shame trying exonerate their wrong doing claim Minsk Group cochairs already expressed support for 1994 agreement, whitewash their own mistakes, but creating extra more problems, then pointing fingers to OSCE Group, & claim they don’t do their job properly.

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