Public Radio of Armenia
Spokesman for the NKR President David Babayan confirms that there have been intensive ceasefire violations at the line of contact over the past few days. Speaking to Public Radio of Armenia, Babayan said, however, there is no panic among the society and no reshuffling in the army.
David Babayan has no expectations from the meeting of the Armenian and Azerbaijani Foreign Ministers scheduled for January 24. According to him, only one issue can be discussed at the meeting – the need to maintain stability and peace in the region.
“The recent steps of Baku, the ceasefire violations, President Aliyev’s statements claiming that Armenia is an Azerbaijani land, do not provide any ground for the discussion of other issues,” he said.
According to the Spokesman, the traditional tension Azerbaijan creates ahead of any important meeting pursues a more global purpose.
“It’s clear to everyone that the war between Azerbaijan and Karabakh will not be restricted to those two countries. We know that Azerbaijan will send the national minorities to the frontline. Lezgins and Avars live in Russia, while Talyshs live in Iran. In case the conflict resume, they will stand to protect their brothers, especially if Azerbaijan is defeated. This will expand the geography of the participants of the conflict, while no one will benefit from this,” Babayan said.
According to him, Azerbaijan is trying to seize concessions from the international community through this mechanism of manipulation. For example, Azerbaijan seeks for tolerance towards issues of human rights and corruption, which will lead to the maintenance of the regime. “Thus, Azerbaijan is in no way interested in solving the Karabakh issue,” David Babayn said.
As for the recent border incidents, the Spokesman said: “There is no panic, but we are worried and saddened by the death of an Armenian soldier.” He said a considerable part of the shots was connected by fear.