YEREVAN (Yerkir)—The response by the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen to the violent attack by the Azeri Armed Forces last week was inadequate and aimed at appeasing Azerbaijan, said Armenian Revolutionary Federation Political Affairs Director Giro Manoyan Wednesday at a briefing.
He characterized the attack, during which four Armenian soldiers were killed on the frontline, as Azeri President Ilham Aliyev’s way of exerting pressure on the parties involved with the peace process.
“Aliyev is trying to show that he is dissatisfied with the negotiation process and can resort to other means, such as military action, if the talks do not yield his desired results,” said Manoyan, adding that the resulting reaction from the OSCE Minsk Group was in some ways an encouragement for Aliyev to continue his modus operandi of threats of violence.
The continued silence by the international community on this issue will only give the green-light to Azerbaijan to continue its policies of warmongering, he said, urging a more resolute approach by Armenian authorities on the Karabakh matter.
Armenia should undertake serious and concentrated diplomatic efforts in the realm of the Karabakh conflict resolution process, without compromising its options to respond to military attacks, said Manoyan who pointed out that Armenia should actively oppose Azerbaijan’s anti-Armenian policies and take steps to better articulate the true essence of the Karabakh question.
Manoyan added that while Azerbaijan was taking myriad steps to address the Karabakh conflict resolution process, Armenia has not yet made advances in conjunction with the current peace process.