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Posted 07 July 2017 - 11:10 AM

Lragir, Armenia
July 7 2017
 
 
Azerbaijan "Burst": Armenia's Next Step
 
Haikazn Ghahriyan, Editor-in-Chief
Comments - Friday, 07 July 2017, 00:51
 
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Yesterday Azerbaijan made a big fuss and called on all the international organizations demanding to condemn the operation of the Armenian forces in the result of which, according to the Azerbaijani side, civilians were killed.
 
The Armenian forces counterattacked after the Azerbaijanis started a large-scale artillery fire, hitting an Armenian command post. Azerbaijan used the opportunity and made a noise, trying to achieve the solution of specific problems. What problems are they?
 
Azerbaijan has currently appeared in a situation when its demands are actually ignored, including its right to war. Armenia’s stance is tougher, it has set forth preconditions for starting the negotiations, including ceasefire and investigation mechanisms. Azerbaijan adopted a policy of murder along the entire length of the line of contact after which Armenia started calling stakeholders to use sanctions against Azerbaijan.
 
Here is a situation when Azerbaijan’s last method left – murder – is used up, and Azerbaijan has appeared in a deadlock. No means can lead the situation to its field of claims.
 
Yesterday’s provocation has one goal – trying to get out of this standstill and make counter-claims to the Armenian side. However, this does not seem to produce results. The Minsk Group has released a statement which calls on the sides to stop military actions. In its turn, the Russian foreign ministry published an unexpected statement, accusing Azerbaijan of discrimination and violence against its citizens with Armenian surnames.
 
Most importantly, however, the Armenian foreign ministry responded differently. The spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Tigran Balayan has stated that the Azerbaijani authorities should agree to carry out the agreements achieved in Vienna and Saint Petersburg to avoid further escalation and losses. This may have been the most unexpected part for Azerbaijan which is used to certain “defensiveness” of the Armenian diplomacy. The Armenian foreign ministry has doubled the strike of the armed forces, hinting that Azerbaijan will continue to get disproportionate strikes unless it agrees to the application of mechanisms of restraint. Hence, the action of the Armenian armed forces is reinforced in diplomacy.
 
Armenia has a serious issue in the process of the Karabakh settlement because in the 1990s the Armenian government signed documents which recognized Azerbaijan’s rights, in fact. Azerbaijan puts forth to the co-chairs this very circumstance, denying everything except “territorial integrity and withdrawal of the Armenian forces”. The objective of the Armenian diplomacy is to change this situation which is complicated. Can Tigran Balayan’s note mean that the foreign ministry is adopting this policy? By the way, Armenia can put forth another precondition – a demand that Azerbaijan withdraw from the positions it occupies in the result of the military actions last April, thus restoring the pre-April status quo?
 
They need to continue, this is the only way. Any shot by Azerbaijan must work against it, further deepening the standstill. The events of July 4-5 are the beginning of this process.
 
 


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Posted 07 July 2017 - 11:14 AM

Armenpress News Agency , Armenia
July 5, 2017 Wednesday


Azerbaijan increases degree of Armenophobia within its public –
political scientist



YEREVAN, JULY 5, ARMENPRESS. In an interview with Armenpress,
political scientist Hrant Melik-Shahnazaryan said the Azerbaijani
behavior in connection with the photo-capture and manipulation of the
killed child is a gross violation of ethical norms.

-Mr. Melik-Shahnazaryan, how would you comment on Azerbaijan’s
behavior when it releases the photo of the dead child ad distorts the
reality after escalating the situation, launching provocation and
making its own people as human shields?

-In April 2016 an Armenian child was killed as a result of Azerbaijani
shelling, however, the Artsakh side even didn’t think about releasing
any photo. The capture of photos of Azerbaijani child who was killed
as a result of the July 4 incident speaks about one thing: Azerbaijan
not only doesn’t respect the norms of ethics, but it increases the
high level of Armenophobia within its public in a quite conscious
manner. And of course, it’s very important for the international
community to feel the difference of perception of the world of the two
societies. In April 2016 Azerbaijan was honoring the hooligans who
beheaded the person with military uniform. But the Artsakh side
expresses pain and regret over the death of the Azerbaijani child,
although the reason of this is the military of the Azerbaijani side.

The Azerbaijani armed forces continued violating the ceasefire regime
in different sections of Artsakh-Azerbaijan contact line on July 4.
Particularly, in the period of 11:30-11:35 the Azerbaijani troops
fired 82 mm mortars (4 projectiles) in the eastern direction of the
contact line and anti-tank missiles (3 projectiles) in the same
section at about 12:45-12:55. In the southern direction the
Azerbaijanis fired 60 mm mortars (3 projectiles) at 13:35, while at
the period of 20:20-20:30 the Azerbaijani armed forces fired 5
projectiles from TR-107 multiple rocket launcher from a military
position located in Alkhanlu village in the direction of a command
post of a regiment located in the southern direction, and at 20:48 3
projectiles were fired in the same direction from 82 mm mortars. The
front line units of the Defense Army had no alternative but take
retaliatory measures to suppress the enemy's aggressive activity at
20:31-20:40, as a result of which the military position of Azerbaijan
in Alkhanlu village was damaged. According to credible information
from the relevant services of the Defense Army, the enemy has suffered
losses. The Defense Army suffered no casualties as a result of the
provocative actions initiated by Azerbaijan. The Azerbaijani side
announced that two civilians were killed and one was wounded.



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Posted 07 July 2017 - 06:29 PM

Թշնամիի Արձակած Արկերու Բեկորներէն Վիրաւորուած Են Երեք Զինուորներ

 

ՍՏԵՓԱՆԱԿԵՐՏ.- Արցախի Պաշտպանութեան բանակը (ՊԲ) հրապարակած է հաղորդագրութիւն մը, որուն մէջ կ՛ըսուի. «Ուրբաթ, 7 Յուլիսի առաւօտուանից սկսած, հակառակորդը արցախա-ադրբեջանական հակամարտ զօրքերի շփման գծում խախտում է հրադադարի պահպանման ռեժիմը՝ օգտագործելով ինչպէս հրաձգային զինատեսակներ, այնպէս էլ Դ-30 եւ Դ-44 տիպի հրանօթներ, տարբեր տրամաչափի ականանետեր ու նռնականետեր: Ադրբեջանական զինուժի արկակոծութեան արդիւնքում՝ տարբեր աստիճանի բեկորային վիրաւորումներ են ստացել ՊԲ զինծառայողներ Ռոբերտ Նովրուզի Գասպարեանը (ծն. 1969թ.), Համբարձում Կարապետի Յարութիւնեանը (ծն. 1997թ.) եւ Վահէ Գագիկի Բադալեանը (ծնվ. 1998թ.): Հակառակորդի նախայարձակ ակտիւութիւնը ճնշելու համար ՊԲ առաջապահ զօրամասերն իրականացնում են պատասխան գործողութիւններ: Առաջնային գծում իրավիճակի ապակայունացմանն ուղղուած գործողութիւնների ողջ պատասխանատուութիւնը կրում է Ադրբեջանի ռազմաքաղաքական ղեկավարութիւնը»:

Նշենք, որ վիրաւորուած երեք զինուորներէն մէկուն վիճակը ծանր է. ան վիրաւորուած է գլուխէն:

Արցախի ՊԲը հերքած է Ատրպէյճանի պաշտպանութեան նախարարութեան տարածած այն հաղորդագրութիւնը, որ իբրեւ թէ հերթական սադրանքը իրականացնելու համար, արցախեան զինուած ուժերը բերուած են մարտական պատրաստականութեան, որուն ի պատասխան ատրպէյճանական ուժերը  թիրախային կրակային հարուածներ հասցուցած են՝ պատճառելով մեծ թիւով մարդկային կորուստներ, քանի մը միաւոր ռազմական մեքենաներ եւ ռազմական նշանակութեան ենթակառուցուածքներ: Սոյն հաղորդագրութիւնը ատրպէյճանական հերթական ապատեղեկատուութիւն է:

http://asbarez.com/arm/288397/



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Posted 07 July 2017 - 06:29 PM

3 Artsakh Soldiers Wounded in Azeri Shelling

 

STEPANAKERT—The Artsakh Defense Ministry on Friday reported that three soldiers of the Artsakh Defense Army have been wounded as a result of shelling from Azerbaijani positions.

The Ministry identified the soldiers as Robert Gasparyan (born in 1969), Hambartsum Harutyunyan (born in 1997) and Vahe Badalyan (born in 1998).

Head of the Armenian Defense Ministry Medical Department, Kamavor Khachartyan told Azatutyun.am that Gasparyan sustained injuries to his head. He has been treated and is in stable condition. One of the other soldiers suffered injuries to his leg.

The Azeri forces have been violating the ceasefire, firing various small arms, as well as D-30 and D-44 cannons, mortars and grenade launchers since 9 a.m. Friday. The Defense Army has taken retaliatory measures to pressure the rival.

The Artsakh Defense Ministry said that the Azerbaijani military-political leadership bears full responsibility for destabilization of the situation on the frontline.

Earlier of Friday, the Artsakh Defense Ministry released a video, which clearly shows Azerbaijan deploying weapons and artillery in close and dangerous proximity to residential areas in the Azerbaijani village of Alkhanli just outside of Varanda, formerly Fizouli, in the Artsakh Republic.



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Posted 07 July 2017 - 06:29 PM

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Posted 07 July 2017 - 06:30 PM

The Artsakh Defense Ministry said that the army never targets civilian targets or population. However, the ministry vowed to take all steps to neutralize Azerbaijani firing posts, “even if Baku chooses to locate them in residential areas, thus using its civilian population as a human shield.”

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Posted 07 July 2017 - 06:33 PM

Baku’s Use of Human Shields Affects Karabakh Peace, Says Yerevan

 

YEREVAN—Armenia’s Defense Ministry on Thursday said that Azerbaijan’s continued violation of the cease-fire, as well as its decision to use its own citizens as human shields impacts chances of establishing peace in the region and resolving the Karabakh conflict.

In an interview with Public Radio of Armenia, defense ministry spokesperson Artsrun Hovannesyan said that Azerbaijan speaks about peace, but never loses an opportunity to instigate hatred toward Armenians even among the youngest of its citizens.

“The country fails to demonstrate even the slightest sign of decency, which quashes any chance of establishing peace or at least good-neighborly relations,” said Hovannesyan.

The spokesperson called this week’s attack on Artsakh position by Azerbaijan “a gross violation of a number of international norms.” He referred to the Geneva Convention that defines humanitarian protections for civilians in a war zone and prohibits the deliberate use civilians to shield military operations. Meanwhile, he said “we have ample pieces of evidence of Azerbaijan violating the norms.”

“Disrespect for the enemy is just one side of the coin. The other side is Azerbaijan’s attitude toward its own population,” Hovannesyan said. “We have long known they don’t give a damn about their soldiers, but having the same attitude toward their civilian population is another matter.”

Azerbaijan places its missile systems in residential areas, thus making the civilian population a target of retaliatory fire. According to Hovannesyan, this fact should be brought to the attention of both the people of Azerbaijan and the international community.

“People in Azerbaijan should realize that Baku, which keeps manipulating facts about civilian losses, bears responsibility for the death of a two-year-old child. This is yet another expression of Azerbaijan’s ‘unhealthy’ propaganda,” he added.

“Azerbaijan speaks about peace, but never misses an opportunity to instigate hatred towards Armenians even among the youngest of its citizens,” the Defense Ministry Spokesman said.

He believes that “the most important message we have to understand is that Azerbaijan’s inadequacy leaves no room for establishment of peace or at least good-neighborly relations.”

“The Armenian side has stated on many occasions that in Azerbaijan we are dealing with a terrorist state. The recent report about Baku’s support for terrorist organizations comes to reinforce the assertions,” the spokesman said, referring to a report published this week detailing that over the past three years, 350 Azerbaijani diplomatic flights delivered arms and machinery to terrorist organizations.

Hovannesyan added that Azerbaijan has and continues to commit acts of terrorism against Armenians and “today we see documents proving Azerbaijan’s support for international terrorism.”



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Posted 09 July 2017 - 10:21 AM

Tert, Armenia

July 8 2017
 
 
Frank Angel: Azerbaijan kicking into action its usual fake assertions

10:40 • 08.07.17

 
 

Member of the European Parliament Frank Engel (Luxemburg) expresses his sorrow over the recent fatalities in the Nagorno-Karabakah conflict zone but refrains from any comments on the incidents that led to human losses.


“I have not seen any videos and can't watch them now. I am not on the frontline. I know nothing at all, and sorry as I am, I cannot reasonably take a position in this. All I know is that if I don't know who has shot in which direction and who is using which sort of shields - human possibly - neither does anyone else. So anyone who condemns now should be pretty certain of their position - or abstain from saying anything,” he told Tert.am on Friday.

 

 
 
The European parliamentarian also expressed his regret for the fatalities, particularly the killing of a two-year-old child in the wake of the military actions.

 


“After another of innumerable military provocations, NKR retaliation sadly entailed the death of an innocent child. I deplore the girl's death, as well as that of her grandmother. But if the whole communication and propaganda machinery of Azerbaijan is now kicking into action with its usual useless and false assertions about Armenian occupation and provocation – where were all these human voices when Azeri soldiers killed and dismembered helpless old people in Talish last year? Where are they to demand the end of Azeri sniper actions and incursions into the north of the Republic of Armenia? Nowhere to be heard, of course - which proves that the intentional atrocities of Azerbaijan are commended by the Baku regime, and the casualties of Armenian defense are construed into atrocities,” he said.

 

http://www.tert.am/en/news/2017/07/08/frank-engel/2425192



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Posted 10 July 2017 - 11:19 AM

Azerbaijani Gunfire Kills Artsakh Soldier

 

http://hetq.am/eng/n...r-e-zohvel.html

 

Azerbaijani gunfire has killed a soldier serving in an eastern Artsakh Defense Army outpost, this according to the country’s defense ministry.

The soldier has been identified as Vazgen Poghosyan (born 1997).



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Posted 11 July 2017 - 10:58 AM

news.am, Armenia

July 10 2017
 
 
Azerbaijan shells Armenian border villages with no military facilities
17:16, 10.07.2017
 
 
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YEREVAN. – Azerbaijan is shelling Armenian border villages where no military infrastructure is deployed, Ombudsman Arman Tatoyan said while presenting his 2016 report.

Azerbaijani fired on Chinar, Voskepar, Koti and Baghanis villages. Road connecting Voskepar and Baghanis has been recently shelled, and there are no military facilities there.

“This makes the arguments of the Azerbaijani side that they are ‘defending their positions’ groundless. The fact that civilian targets are fired intentionally can be concluded both by the time of day and by the nature of the shooting,” Tatoyan added.

https://news.am/eng/news/399622.html



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Posted 15 July 2017 - 08:22 AM

Panorama, Armenia

July 14 2017
 
 
Azerbaijani protest staged outside Armenian Embassy in Prague fails
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A protest staged by the Azerbaijani youth outside the Armenian Embassy in Prague, the Czech Republic, has failed thanks to the counter-protest organized by the Armenian community, “Orer” Armenian European magazine told Panorama.am.

The Azerbaijani protesters were welcomed by the Armenian Embassy staff and local Armenian community members, with the flags of Armenia, Artsakh and the Czech Republic, loud national-patriotic music and dozens of posters reading “Hiding behind the human shield is immoral”, “Stop aggressor Aliyev”, “Nagorno-Karabakh is a free country”, the famous assessment of Eleni Theocharous, Member of the European Parliament saying “Azerbaijan not only broke the ceasefire, but also used its own civilians as a human shield” and the others.

According to the source, during the one-hour granted to the Azerbaijanis, they had an opportunity to listen to beloved national songs dedicated to Armenian soldiers, the Armenian Army, Commander Andranik, as well as Aram Khachaturian and System of a Down.

Commenting on the Azerbaijani rally, Tigran Seyranyan, Armenia's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Czech Republic, told the following to “Orer” magazine: “According to the information that we obtained the Azerbaijanis living in the Czech Republic staged this small-numbered protest action outside the Armenian Embassy upon the orders from Baku. Azerbaijan must realize that protests over made-up issues will not lead them to anything. It would be more efficient if they implemented the Vienna and St. Petersburg agreements on confidence building measures reached under the mediation of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs. The Armenian side has repeatedly slammed the Azerbaijani military’s actions of using their own peaceful population as a human shield. Due to the coordinated actions of the Armenian community of the Czech Republic, the Azerbaijani provocation in fact failed.”

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Posted 19 July 2017 - 08:30 AM

FOCUS ON KARABAKH

USC Institute of Armenian Studies

July 5, 2017

 

 

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Map of Azerbaijani artillery positions near Alxanli, where civilian deaths occurred; the Line of Contact is just to the west (left) of village. Courtesy of Razm.info

 

On July 5, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry reported that a 52-year-old woman and her 2-year-old granddaughter died when their house was hit with Armenian mortar fire late on July 4. Another woman was injured in the incident in the village of Alxanli, located about a kilometer from the Line of Contact in the southeast of Karabakh.

 

The Armenian military expressed “pain and regret” over the deaths, but added that the Armenian forces were responding to Azerbaijani rocket fire launched from behind the civilian area in Alxanli.

 

The Armenian military also published video of Azerbaijani rocket fire from inside Alxanli and an audio intercept confirming that the Armenian mortar fire primarily targeted Azerbaijani military in the area.

 

Since February, Armenian and Azerbaijani forces have resumed intermittent exchanges of mortar fire at each others’ military positions, but the July 4 incident is the first since April 2016 war to involve civilian deaths.

 

Early on April 2, 2016, three elderly Armenian civilians were executed and their bodies mutilated when their house on the outskirts of Talish was raided by Azerbaijani special forces. Separately, an Armenian schoolboy was killed and two others wounded when they were hit by missile fire on their way to school. Additionally, some half a dozen Azerbaijani civilians were killed by subsequent Armenian artillery fire at Azerbaijani military.

 

In an earlier escalation in September 2015 – that one not in Karabakh but on Armenia’s northeastern border in Tavush – three Armenian women, including two elderly, were killed when their villages were hit by Azerbaijani mortar fire.



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Posted Yesterday, 08:26 AM

Panorama, Armenia

July 22 2017
 
 
Armenia’s Chinari village suffers great damages amid Azerbaijani gunfire
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On July 20, in the period from 8:20 to 19:00, the Azerbaijani military opened gunfire at Chinari village located at Armenia’s bordering Tavush Province.

As Samvel Saghoyan, headman of Chinari community, told Panorama.am, the village has suffered significant damages as a result of the shelling.

“The Azerbaijani shooting damaged several houses, the roof of the kindergarten and a tractor. In addition to that, a barn was burnt down, with forage stored inside. One of our villagers suffered 12-13 million AMD in damages,” the village chief said.

Mr. Saghoyan also noted that the Azerbaijani snipers attempted to shoot down an Armenian young man near the village cemetery. The boy was lucky to go unharmed.

“The situation is currently calm in the village,” Mr. Saghoyan added. 

To note, on July 21, in the period from 23:00 to 01:00, the Azerbaijani side opened fire at Barekamavan village of Armenia’s bordering Tavush Province. Fortunately, the village did not suffer casualties or damages.

http://www.panorama....gunfire/1811462






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