Tbilisi.- The Prime Minister of Armenia, Nikol Pashinián, said today that Azerbaijan has “once again declared the war“to all Armenians and called on the international community to prevent an escalation of hostilities in the region.
“This morning Azerbaijan again committed large-scale provocations. There are fatalities and injuries, also among the civilian population. By employing heavy weaponry, the enemy attacks the positions of the Army of Artsakh (Armenian name of Nagorno Karabakh) in all directions, “Pashinyan said in a televised message to the nation.
In his speech of just over seven minutes, he stated that the “authoritarian regime of (the president azerbaiyano, Ilham) Aliyev has once again declared war on the Armenians. “
“We’re ready for this war because we have realized that the hatred spread against Armenians in Azerbaijan could not lead to any other result than war, “he said.
He explained that martial law and general mobilization have been decreed because Azerbaijan can “begin military actions in the direction of the Armenian border and resort to provocations to destabilize the situation in the region.”
In this regard, he urged “the Minsk Group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) -for the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict- and the entire international community to take the situation seriously.”
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“We are on the brink of a full-scale war in the South Caucasus, which can have unpredictable consequences. The war can go beyond the borders of the region and spread, “he warned.
The president also called on the international community to use its influence and not allow Turkey, which supports Azerbaijan, “to interfere in the conflict” in Nagorno Karabakh.
Meanwhile, Pahinián’s wife, Anna Hakobián, has moved to the capital of the self-proclaimed republic of Nagorno Karabakh, Stepanakert. “I came to be with our sisters and brothers,” she said in a message on her Facebook social network account.
Azerbaijan today announced a “counteroffensive” in the entire line of contact in the conflict zone, in response to the attacks it said it experienced early this Sunday by the Armenian Armed Forces against its positions and civilians.
Yerevan, in turn, has responded to the Azerbaijani attacks and denounced military actions against populated villages in Karabakh.
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The Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict dates back to the times of the Soviet Union, when at the end of the 80s the Azerbaijani territory of Nagorno Karabakh, populated mainly by Armenians, requested their incorporation into neighboring Armenia, after which a war broke out which caused about 25 thousand deaths.
At the end of the fighting, the Armenian forces took control of the Karabakh and occupied vast Azerbaijani territories, which they call a “security strip”, to unite it with Armenia.
Azerbaijan maintains that the solution to the conflict with Armenia necessarily involves the liberation of the occupied territories, a demand backed by several resolutions of the UN Security Council.
Armenia, for its part, supports the right to self-determination of Nagorno Karabakh and advocates the participation of representatives of the separatist territory in the negotiations on the settlement of the conflict.
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