U.S. Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) on Tuesday condemned the killing of an Artsakh Defense Army soldier on Monday by Azeri forces along the border, Asbarez reports.
“The killing of yet another Karabkh soldier by Azeri forces is the latest outrage perpetrated by Baku against the Armenian people and I extend my condolences to the family and colleagues of the dead soldier,” Schiff said.
“This unprovoked and deadly violence against the people of Artsakh and its people must stop. Yesterday’s incident comes only weeks after Azerbaijan shot down an unarmed NKR helicopter that was operating inside the airspace of Nagorno Karabach and should serve to spur the Minsk Group to redouble its efforts to mediate a peaceful solution to a standoff that could erupt at any moment.”
“I also urge Secretary of State John Kerry to take this issue up with the Aliyev regime as soon as possible and before more innocent lives are lost,” Schiff said in his statement.
19-year-old Artsakh Defense Army serviceman Garik Ispiryan was shot dead on Monday by Azeri forces firing in the direction of Armenian positions at the eastern section of the border between Artsakh and Azerbaijan.