OSCE calls on the parties to the conflict to take the necessary measures to stabilize the situation
Armenia declared martial law and general mobilization after clashes with Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced this on Sunday..
“Get ready to defend our sacred homeland,” Pashinyan wrote on Facebook.
Armenia and Azerbaijan reported fierce fighting in the Nagorno-Karabakh region on Sunday morning. This predominantly Armenian enclave is located entirely within Azerbaijan..
Nagorno-Karabakh authorities said on Sunday that 16 of their servicemen were killed and more than 100 were injured in clashes with Azerbaijani forces.
Armenia blames neighboring Azerbaijan for attacks on civilian settlements in disputed region.
“Our response will be proportionate, and the military-political leadership of Azerbaijan bears full responsibility for the current situation,” the Armenian Defense Ministry said..
The ministry also said its forces shot down two Azerbaijani military helicopters and three drones after Baku forces began bombing the separatist enclave, including its capital, Stepanakert..
However, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said it launched a military operation along the contact line “in order to suppress the hostilities of Armenia and ensure the safety of the population.”.
The Ministry confirmed the strike on only one Azerbaijani helicopter, noting that its crew survived.
The OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs (Igor Popov from Russia, Stefan Visconti from France and Andrew Shofer from the United States) expressed deep concern over “large-scale military operations along the contact line in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone.”.
“We strongly condemn the use of force and regret the wanton loss of life, including civilians,” the co-chairs said in a joint statement released Wednesday. They called on the parties “to immediately end hostilities and resume negotiations to find a sustainable solution to the conflict.”.
Armenia declares martial law and mobilization amid Azerbaijan clashes
They also called on them to take “the necessary measures to stabilize the situation on the ground,” adding that there is no alternative to a peaceful negotiated settlement of the conflict..
Peaceful efforts in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict mediated by the Minsk Group collapsed in 2010.
Armenian separatists captured Nagorno-Karabakh from Azerbaijan during a bloody war in the 1990s, which killed about 30 thousand people.
Negotiations on the settlement of the conflict ended after the conclusion in 1994 of a ceasefire agreement between Armenia, Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh.
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