Azeri Incursion in NKR Results in Deaths of Two Soldiers


 

YEREVAN (Armenpress) —The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia issued a statement condemning the two sabotage attempts in the southern and eastern defensive zones of Nagorno Karabagh initiated by Azerbaijan the night of January 2-3. The statement reads as follows.

“We strongly condemn the subversive actions carried out by the Azerbaijani Armed Forces during the night of January 2-3 on the line of contact with the Artsakh Defense Army, which has resulted in casualties. We express our deepest condolences to the families and relatives of the killed soldiers.

With this further provocation Baku continues to implement the continuous threats of the Azerbaijani authorities on the use of force which are being stated even in New Year messages by the leadership of that country.”

The statement added that the Azeri acttions are in contempt of the efforts of the Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) Minsk Group co-chairs in trying to find a peaceful solution.

“It is long overdue for the international community to sober the Azerbaijani authorities acting against its calls,” the Foreign Ministry’s statement added.

The Azerbaijani side incurred casualties due to its subversive action as did the Nagorno Karabagh Defense Army. The latter issued a statement informing that “Due to the operative actions of the front units of the Defense Army, the rival was thrown back to its primary positions with casualties. Alas, servicemen of the Defense Army Karen S. Grigoryan and Vardan M. Mkrtchyan lost their lives facing with the rival. Serviceman Volodya G. Harutyunyan was injured.”

On January 3, President of the Nagorno Karabagh Republic Bako Sahakyan signed a decree to grant Mkrtchyan and Grigoryan posthumously the Courage and Service in Battle medals.