STRASBOURG—In the early hours of June 4, Azerbaijani forces attacked the region of Tavush, in North-Eastern Armenia, which has resulted in 3 deaths and 6 injuries of Armenian soldiers. Armenian armed forces have managed to push back the attack and re-establish peace.
It is important to note that a OSCE Minsk group co-chair country’s Foreign Minister, Hillary Rodham Clinton of the United States of America, had a scheduled visit in the region only a few hours later, to strengthen cooperation and peace in Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan.
The European Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy strongly condemns this new attack escalating in dangerously high levels, threatening regional peace and the European initiatives, especially European Neighborhood Policy – East and the EURONEST, which are planned to ensure regional cooperation. Azerbaijan’s increasing armament and violations of international law threaten the regional peace and stability.
“Azerbaijan’s attack against Armenia is a proof, that this country is not interested in peace, and carrying such an attack hours only before an OSCE Minsk group co-chair country, U.S. Foreign Minister Hillary Clinton’s visit, displays the real intent, that of war, of the Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev,” said European Armenian Federation’s President, Kaspar Karampetian.
“We demand from the European Union, to no longer to call on both parties to show restrain, but strongly condemn the Azeri leadership, demanding a stop to their war mongering and adventure,” said Karampetian.
“Mrs. Catherine Ashton, the European Commission’s Vice-president and High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, has to condemn Azerbaijan’s attitude, which threatens regional peace. She has to make clear to the Azerbaijani government, that the EU is not only interested in energy, but mainly peace and stability, and that this could have serious effects on the EU – Azerbaijan Association Agreements discussions,” concluded Karampetian.