Azerbaijani forces violate the line of contact, advance into Artsakh territory

The armed forces of Azerbaijan, once again violating the obligations assumed by the Tripartite Statement of November 9, 2020, on March 25 violated the line of contact in the Shushi-Lisagor sector established by the same document and ensured a certain positional advancement into the territory of the Artsakh Republic, Artsakh’s InfoCenter reports.

The authorities of the Artsakh Republic immediately informed the command staff of the Russian peacekeeping forces about another gross violation of the provisions of the Tripartite Statement, given the mission and functions assumed by them pursuant to the document. The authorities expect the peacekeeping troops to take practical steps to eliminate the consequences of this violation and prevent new ones.

The false claim of the Azerbaijani side about the use of the Stepanakert-Ghaibalishen-Lisagor mountainous road for the purpose of transporting ammunition is just a pretext for their aggressive and destructive actions. On March 5, they attacked and killed three police officers on duty and injured another under the same pretext.

The authorities of Artsakh have stated on many occasions that under the conditions of the blockade that started on December 12, this mountain road is used for the organization of civil and urgent communication between Stepanakert and the four communities of Shushi region, which is carried out by tall vehicles, taking into account the very difficult and dangerous terrain of the area.

The existence and normal activity of the Defense Army does not pose any threat to anyone, as it is intended exclusively for self-defense, considering the real and immediate dangers and threats against the physical existence and security of the people of Artsakh.

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