OSCE Inspects Armenian-Azeri Border

The OSCE monitors inspected the Armenia-Azerbaijan border on Monday

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)—Field representatives of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe visited on Monday a western section of Armenia’s border with Azerbaijan where three Armenian solders were killed last week.

The four OSCE representatives monitored the ceasefire regime there from either side of the heavy militarized frontier. No shooting incidents occurred during the procedure.

Two of the monitors operating on the Armenian side then headed to a nearby road section in the northern Tavush region where a car carrying the three soldiers came under fire in the early hours of Thursday. The car riddled with bullets was examined and photographed by them in the regional town of Berd later in the day.

Armenian military commanders on the ground said the contracted servicemen — Aram Yesayan, Arshak Nersisian and Davit Abgarian — died in an ambush attack carried out by Azerbaijani troops.

President Serzh Sarkisian and the Defense Ministry in Yerevan have also effectively blamed Azerbaijan for the deaths. In a weekend statement, the ministry reaffirmed Sarkisian’s pledge that “the enemy will not remain unpunished.”

“Without succumbing to the enemy’s provocations, Armenian Armed Forces will carry out actions commensurate with the situation along the entire Line of Contact,” it said without elaborating.

Andranik Mkrtumian, a senior official from the army’s General Staff, told the OSCE monitors that a total of five Armenian soldiers have been killed and seven others wounded along the entire Tavush section of the border so far this year.

The monitors also visited on Monday the border village of Dovegh that reportedly came under automatic gunfire from nearby Azerbaijani army positions last Wednesday. The village’s kindergarten was evacuated as a result.


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  1. christo said:

    The world should arm the Armenian nation with nuclear weapons. When we say NEVER AGAIN, it means we are going to take the world with us, just like that right was given to the jewish nation.

  2. AraK said:

    OSCE is a puppet bias organization like the UN. They always condemn both sides not to hurt Azerisdan supported by Israel, because of their oil and geopolitical situation. I doubt very much Armenia will repost because the west might accuse Armenia for starting a war. In case of a war we should directly hit their oil installations immediately! I hope Russia won’t betray us, I don’t trust them too much…

  3. George said:

    Let’s hope the OSCE representatives take action ASAP and not a routine job to justify their pay.

  4. Neno said:

    All they need response with same way and later denial, hit and run; OSCE what the heck bunch of blonde Turks..

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