EREVAN / Evoluții asupra agresiunii Azerbaidjanului de-a lungul liniei de contact dintre Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) și Azerbaidjan Erevan, octombrie 2020 (engleză)

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On October 2, Azerbaijan twice bombarded Stepanakert, the capital city of Artsakh which has resulted in casualties among the civilian population. As a result of the first bombardment 8 servicemen of the Rescue Service of Artsakh have been injured. The number of killed and injured during the second bombardment is being finalized. Civilian settlements and infrastructures in Stepanakert have been seriously damaged. Town of Hadrut has also been bombarded. On the same day the Azerbaijani Armed Forces used Israeli-made “Lora” precision strike tactical ballistic missile in attacking civilian settlements and infrastructures.

Azerbaijani armed forces continued deliberate targeting of journalists with the use of artillery and other heavy weaponry with the aim to hinder the coverage from the conflict zone. In order to justify its attacks against journalists Azerbaijan accused Armenia in deliberate deployment of international journalists in the conflict zone which is utterly false. All journalists have been attacked in the civilian settlements of Arsakh while carryng out their professional activities.  Thus, Azerbaijan’s actions constitute a blatant violation of international humanitarian law and should be strongly condemned by the International Community. Media coverage and access to information are crucial means of providing accurate, timely and comprehensive information, particularly in times of conflict.  Azerbaijan provides access only to Turkish and Azerbaijani journalists and denies the access of the international media to hinder objective reporting on the conflict.

As of October 3, Azerbaijan’s large-scale aggression against Artsakh is ongoing. On October 3 early in the morning Azerbaijani armed forces resumed large-scale aerial, missile and land attacks along the entire line of contact between Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) and Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan has put forward its entire military capacities, reinforced by Turkish military assistance, which includes also foreign terrorists fighters transferred from other conflict zones in the Middle East. Heavy fighting continues in the northern and southern directions of the line of contact. The Defence Army of Artsakh successfully repels the attacks of the Azerbaijani armed forces along the entire line of contact inflicting heavy losses.

On October 3, Azerbaijan again attacked Stepanakert, the capital city of Artsakh. On the same day Azerbaijan used cluster munitions against the civilian population of Artsakh fired by LAR-160 MLR system.  

The attacks are mostly carried out with coordination of the Turkish military specialists and with the military equipment and armaments provided by Turkey to Azerbaijan within the framework of their military-political cooperation.

On October 2, the president of Turkey said “I hope Azerbaijan will keep fighting until all its lands in Karabakh are freed”.

On October 2, Foreign Minister of Turkey warned against attempts to cast shadows on Turkey’s support to Azerbaijan.” We are one nation with Azerbaijan.  “We are two separate states but we act as one state if needed”.

On October 3, Azerbaijan used Turkish missiles in attacking Kut village of Vardenis region of the Republic of Armenia.  

On October 3, the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, Stéphane Visconti of France, and Andrew Schofer of the United States of America) released the following statement today:

«The Co-Chairs strongly condemn the continued violence in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone as well as against targets in the territory of Armenia and Azerbaijan away from the Line of Contact, and express our alarm at reports of increasing civilian casualties.  Targeting or threatening civilians is never acceptable under any circumstances.  The Co-Chairs call on the sides to observe fully their international obligations to protect civilian populations.  

The Co-Chairs also stress that participation in the escalating violence by external parties undermines efforts to achieve lasting peace in the region.  Recalling the October 1 statement of the Presidents of the three Co-Chair countries, the Co-Chairs once again call for an immediate cessation of hostilities and the resumption of substantive negotiations, in good faith and without preconditions.   

The Co-Chairs also call urgently for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire to enable the repatriation of remains of fallen servicemen in coordination with the OSCE and ICRC».

In reaction to the joint call of the leaders of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair countries Azerbaijan issued a statement criticizing the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs’ actions and questioned its effectiveness, pursuing geopolitical goal, aimed at strengthening Turkey’s role in the South Caucasus.

These actions aim at depriving the people of Artsakh of their historical homeland by perpetrating  mass atrocities.

The Republic of Armenia, as the guarantor of the security of the people of Artsakh, will take all the necessary means and steps to prevent those mass atrocities.

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