Azerbaijan’s untamed behavior is also a result of the unaddressed statements of the international community during the previous aggressions, Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan said at a meting with the Heads of diplomatic representations accredited in Armenia.
Below are the Foreign Minister’s remarks in full:
As you already know, around midnight on September 13, the armed forces of Azerbaijan launched a large-scale attack in the southern and southeastern directions of the Republic of Armenia, in fact, encroaching on the territorial integrity of the Republic of Armenia. The aggression was carried out with the use of artillery, mortars and UAVs, including not only in the Armenia-Azerbaijan bordering area, but also in the areas of Sotk, Vardenis, Goris, Kapan, Artanish and Ishkhanasar settlements and their civilian infrastructure of Gegharkunik, Vayots Dzor and Syunik regions.
As of today, 105 Armenians have been confirmed dead. Azerbaijanis publish videos on social media networks, where new Armenian prisoners of war are seen. In this context, the reaction of the international community is important to prevent the torture, violence, extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances of Armenian prisoners of war as in the 44-day war.
It should be noted that the aggression unleashed by Azerbaijan was preceded by months-long warmongering rhetoric and statements questioning the territorial integrity of the Republic of Armenia, the claims to our sovereign territory at the highest-levels, as well as the recent provocations against Armenia.
Azerbaijan, as per its behavior, accuses the Armenian side of launching large-scale provocations. Of course, I assume that your knowledge on the region and the information at your disposal is sufficient to determine which side initiated aggressive actions, but I consider it necessary to draw your attention to the developments preceding this large-scale aggression;
Starting from September 2, the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan has been spreading false information on a daily basis that the Armenian side opened fire with weapons of various calibre in the direction of the Azerbaijani bases. This information was officially denied by the Ministry of Defense of Armenia several times during those days.
We constantly received information about aircraft carrying military-cargo flights from Turkey to Azerbaijan. And on September 5-9, the air forces of Turkey and Azerbaijan carried out a joint military drill, the declared task of which was the destruction of air and land targets of the conventional enemy.
On September 10, during a meeting with the General Staff, the Minister of Defense of Azerbaijan instructed to be ready to immediately and sharply respond to provocations. He also gave additional instructions to improve the medical assistance of servicemen at the border with Armenia.
The logic of similar steps was also undertaken in the period preceding the 44-Day War in 2022.
Referring to the core reasons, it should be emphadized that Azerbaijan considers Armenia to agree to all its conditions without negotiation.
During the meeting held in Brussels on August 30, Ilham Aliyev stated, in fact, with ultimatums that he is not going to talk with the Republic of Armenia about the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict because, according to him, Nagorno-Karabakh and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict do not exist, and the issue of the Armenians of Artsakh is the domestic issue of Azerbaijan, which will be solved if necessary, based on the Constitution of Azerbaijan. Naturally, this approach is absolutely acceptable to the Armenian side, and is not at all similar to peace negotiations, but a manifestation of a maximalist policy.
A similar picture resulted in the work of the trilateral commission on the unblocking of regional infrastructures and transport communication, where Azerbaijan, in fact, attempts to get an extraterritorial corridor. The Armenian side has repeatedly stated its position on the readiness to provide communication channels to Azerbaijan after the clarification of the road transportation regime, which should ensure the countries’ sovereignty and jurisdiction over the roads passing through its territory. Meanwhile, the implementation of the agreement reached on the resumption of the railway is hindered by Azerbaijan itself.
Azerbaijani aggression is a gross violation of international law, the UN Charter and the Helsinki Final Act. In the current geopolitical conditions, Azerbaijan, in fact, attempts to achieve its demands and aspirations by the use of force and threats of use of force.
I want to note with sorrow that Azerbaijan’s untamed behavior is also a result of the unaddressed statements of the international community during the previous aggressions that started from March 24, 2021. I am grateful to all those countries who were straightforward in their statements made during these two days, and I expect a similar fair position from other partner countries as well.
The Republic of Armenia, taking into account the severity of the situation, has decided to use all the diplomatic instruments at their disposal to halt the Azerbaijani aggression and return the Azerbaijani army to their starting positions. Accordingly, Armenia appealed to the Russian Federation, the CSTO and the UN Security Council.
At the meeting of the CSTO Collective Security Council held yesterday evening, a decision was made to delegate Stanislav Zas, Head of the CSTO monitoring mission and the Organization, to Armenia. The current situation will be discussed at the session of the UN Security Council today.
We expect Azerbaijan to immediately undertake the following action;
- Complete cessation of hostilities
- Return of the armed forces of Azerbaijan to their original positions
- Release of Armenian prisoners of war