admin April 7, 2016

On 7 April Artsakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan received OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs Igor Popov (Russian Federation), Pierre Andrieu (France), James Warlick (USA), personal representative of the OSCE chairman-in-office, Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk.

The meeting addressed issues related to the large-scale military operations launched Azerbaijan against the Artsakh Republic.

President Sahakyan called the treacherous aggression of Azerbaijani as one of the greatest perils to stability and peace in the South Caucasus and the neighboring regions, qualifying it a serious challenge to the civilized world too.

Bako Sahakyan underlined that the Artsakh Defense Army averted and would always rebuff any encroachment on our republic’s independence, sovereignty and security, adding that he expected from OSCE Minsk Group tough and targeted response and steps towards the destructive policy of Azerbaijan.

Source: Arm Radio

Karabakh President: We will counterattack if Azerbaijan tries to violate ceasefire

It can be said that the agreement to cease fire is generally observed at the moment, although with violations.

Karabakh President Bako Sahakyan stated the aforementioned at a press-conference held in Stepanakert Thursday, Armenian News – NEWS.am special correspondent in Artsakh reports.

According to Sahakyan , during the large-scale military actions unleashed on the night of April 2, Azerbaijan used cannonry, rocket systems, TOS, aviation and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).

“These were large-scale planned actions aimed at invading the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. The adversary’s intention failed thanks to the Armed Forces of Nagorno-Karabakh, soldiers, commanders and volunteers from Armenia, as well as compatriots from other countries,” Sahakyan said.

According to the assessment of Karabakh, it is common for Azerbaijan to violate the agreements reached, and it has repeatedly done this earlier.

“If Azerbaijan again tries to violate the ceasefire, we will counterattack. There can be no other approach to an adversary which violates agreements,” Sahakyan said. Together with this he stressed that Karabakh remains committed to the peaceful settlement of the conflict.

The President also touched on the exploitation of Stepanakert airport, noting that it cannot be considered as an issue related to the status quo. “I think that the non-recognition of Karabah shouldn’t hinder the humanitarian cooperation,” he said.

Source: News AM

President: No initiative on conflict resolution can be implemented without Karabakh

Any proposal and any initiative on Karabakh conflict cannot be fully implemented without the participation of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) in the negotiation process.

Karabakh President Bako Sahakyan stated the aforementioned at a press-conference held in Stepanakert Thursday.

“I’m grateful to the international community for the efforts exerted. The relative peace, which lasted until April 1, was also ensured due to the OSCE Minsk Group efforts. [Talking to the OSCE representatives,] I expressed dissatisfaction with the fact that in the conditions of the violated format of talks it is impossible to achieve final settlement of the conflict. If we don’t reconsider the approach to the negotiation process, we will always have a compromise decision,” Sahakyan said, responding to the question of an Italian TV channel journalist.

In his words, Armenia is the security guarantor of Karabakh people, but when Stepanakert comes up with its own demands, this doesn’t mean lack of confidence to Yerevan.

“We are speaking from logical standpoint, considering that there is no conflict whose solution can be carried out without one of the sides. The conflict has originally started between Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan, and not between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan involved Armenia into the conflict artificially,” Sahakyan stressed.

Source: News AM