YEREVAN (ArmRadio)— “The war that began for the sake of recognition of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic won’t end until after international recognition of its independence; first and foremost recognition by Azerbaijan,” Artak Davtyan, Head of the Operative Department of the General Headquarters of the Armenian Armed Forces, said in an interview.
Speaking about the “four-day war” in early April, Davtyan said “Before the April events, we had a ceasefire regime which the rival was periodically violating, forcing us to respond.”
He said the ceasefire violations grew more intensive over the past few years. “What happened on April 2 was a violation of the ceasefire, but unprecedented in scale in terms of the weapons and equipment used and with the number of losses.”
He refrained from comments on Armenia’s recognition of Artsakh saying “it’s a political issue.”
The Azerbaijani side used artillery weapons, 82 mm mortars and hand-held antitank grenade launchers as it kept violating the ceasefire agreement at the line of contact with Karabakh forces.
The Artsakh Defense Army continues to keep control of the situation at the frontline and resorts to actions consistent with developments of the situation.