WASHINGTON— The Office of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic in the United States issued an announcement Saturday condemning the Azeri breach of the cease fire regime. Below is the text of the announcement:
Aliyev Orders Deadly Skirmish In Karabakh
Clash takes place a day after Armenia-Azerbaijan summit on Karabakh and shortly after President Obama’s message to Aliyev emphasizing U.S. interest in peace
WASHINGTON, DC – On the night of June 18-19, 2010, an Azerbaijani military unit, acting in violation of 1994 cease-fire agreement, crossed the Line of Contact and attacked a forward defense position of the Nagorno Karabakh Defense Army near Chailu, Mardakert district. The resulting skirmish left four Armenian soldiers dead and four wounded; Azerbaijani unit retreated leaving one of their dead at Armenian positions.
This act of aggression represents a blatant violation of the cease-fire agreement and other commitments by Azerbaijan – most recently the Moscow Declaration of 2008 – to work towards a peaceful resolution of the conflict.
The attack, ordered by Azerbaijan’s leadership twenty fours hours after the most recent high-level Armenia-Azerbaijan summit hosted by Russia’s president on June 17, represents a challenge not just to Nagorno Karabakh and Armenia, but also the mediating countries – France, Russia and the United States – and all members of the international community interested in regional peace and stability.
This most recent brazen action by Azerbaijan also comes shortly after high-level U.S. efforts to reassure Azerbaijan of continued U.S. interests coming on the back of Azerbaijan’s demarches against the U.S. and U.S.-sponsored Armenia-Turkey normalization process. These efforts reportedly include a phone call placed to Aliyev by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and a visit to Baku by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates earlier this month to deliver a letter from President Obama.
In that letter letter, President Obama reiterated the American vision of a peaceful and stable South Caucasus, and called upon authorities in Baku to remain adherent to a political resolution of the Karabakh problem.
Disregarding the international approach towards the issue, Azerbaijan launched a brutal terrorist-like attack, which indicates once again that the country remains unwilling to abandon its revanchist aspirations. Moreover, this act jeopardizes OSCE mediators’ efforts to find a workable solution to the lasting confrontation.
The Nagorno Karabakh Republic remains committed to a peaceful resolution of the conflict with Azerbaijan. Artsakh’s authorities support negotiations under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chaired by the United States, Russia and France.
The international community, for its part, is encouraged to resolutely condemn continued provocations by Azerbaijan, and hold its leadership accountable for the escalation of tensions in the region.
The Office of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic in the United States is based in Washington, DC and works with the U.S. government, academia and the public representing the official policies and interests of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic.