Co-Chairs Express Concern Over Heavy Weapons Use at Armenia-Azerbaijan Border


From left to right: OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, Pierre Andrieu of France, and James Warlick of the United States (Source: Photolure)

YEREVAN (Public Radio of Armenia)—The OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs, together with the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk, have expressed their serious concerns about Armenian and Azerbaijani forces using mortars and heavy weapons in and around civilian areas.

The Minsk Group Co-Chairs—Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, James Warlick of the United States of America, and Pierre Andrieu of France— issued the following statement today:

The use of such weapons represents an unacceptable escalation in the conflict. We express our deepest condolences to the families of the deceased and recognize the casualties on each side of the international border and Line of Contact. We appeal to the sides in the strongest possible terms to avoid civilian casualties. The sides have an obligation under the Geneva Conventions to protect the safety and security of non-combatants.

We regret that these incidents took place on the eve of the agreed meeting of the Armenian and Azerbaijani Foreign Ministers in New York.  We expect the Ministers to have a serious discussion on the escalation of violence and the issues surrounding a negotiated settlement. While we are unable to determine with certainty how the violence originated since each side accuses the other, the parties should work towards an OSCE investigation mechanism as discussed between the Presidents.

We will continue our work with the sides at the highest levels to de-escalate tensions and advance a lasting and peaceful settlement.


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  1. Steven said:

    As Americans we should demand that ambassador warlick and his staff including david salvo be fired for their abject failure in supporting peace and directly and sternly condemning the intentional aggression and targeting for murder of armenian civilians by Azerbaijans military

  2. Raffi said:

    While we are unable to determine with certainty how the violence originated … What interest can Armenia have to escalate the conflict, ask the question who can benefit by the escalation, than you wll have the answer. Mr. War-lick this is the result of your irresposible declarations, the death of these people should weight on your conscious, (if you have conscious)

  3. Saaten Maagar said:

    Politically correct statements of acting like they are not taking sides does nothing but encourage the side that is initiating such action in the first place. This is basic common sense and if these people do not know this they would not be in the positions that they are at. therefore, it is convenient to the countries that they represent to continue in this manner or they would have change their tune already.