Azeri hotheads shell NKR positions during OSCE monitoring

Azeri hotheads shell NKR positions during OSCE monitoring

PanARMENIAN.Net - “Impunity begets lawlessness” is a phrase which best reflects current Azeri worldview. Azeri side is losing sense of reality - mostly due to lack of international community’s response to its provocations as well as Baku’s rather successful attempts to undermine the Karabakh conflict settlement.

The monitoring of the contact line between Nagorno Karabakh and Azerbaijani armed forces was suspended Thursday, Oct 17, due to shots fired from the Azeri side.

The violations were registered by the monitoring group on both sides. Personal representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, ambassador Andrzey Kasprzyk decided to stop the monitoring over security reasons, the NKR Foreign Ministry’s press service said.

Azeri behavior here is a result of the international community’s permissiveness. For already several years Azerbaijan has been orchestrating diversions, violating ceasefire, shelling Armenian villages.

Over 14000 ceasefire violations by Azeri armed forces were reported at the contact line in 2012 only. Azeri leadership never misses a chance to express their aggressive moods, ignoring the OSCE Minsk Group’s urges to cooperate in the peaceful settlement of Karabakh conflict on all levels – from presidents to mediators. Baku is the one overtly purchasing and manufacturing inordinate amounts of weaponry, in violation of all international quotas.

Though in full knowledge of the facts above, the international community continues turning a blind eye to Azeri lawlessness, with OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs restricting themselves to statements urging to “observe ceasefire,” “develop mechanisms for promoting trust between the conflicting parties.” Also, no reaction was given to Azeri statement suggesting Baku won’t be pulling snipers from contact line before the end of the war. Despite having their demands blatantly ignored, international organizations don’t show any concern, their indifference further prompting Azeris to shell Karabakh positions - this time, completely undisturbed by the OSCE mission’s presence.

Marina Ananikyan/ PanARMENIAN.Net
The conflict between Nagorno Karabakh and Azerbaijan

The conflict between Nagorno Karabakh and Azerbaijan broke out as result of the ethnic cleansing launched by the Azeri authorities in the final years of the Soviet Union. The Karabakh War was fought from 1991 (when the Nagorno Karabakh Republic was proclaimed) to 1994 (when a ceasefire was sealed by Armenia, NKR and Azerbaijan). Most of Nagorno Karabakh and a security zone consisting of 7 regions are now under control of NKR defense army. Armenia and Azerbaijan are holding peace talks mediated by the OSCE Minsk Group up till now.

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