Armenian Foreign Ministry is displeased with the Belarus’ statement re Nagorno-Karabakh
04.04.2016 |Politics| EuroBelarus Information Service,
Not long before the Belarusian Foreign Ministry issued a statement, which states the need for a peaceful settlement of the conflict.
Being a country-member of the OSCE Minsk Group, Belarus stands for the peaceful settlement of the conflict, which should be based on respect and securing the sovereignty, territorial integrity, and inviolability of borders, as well as on the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council and OSCE decisions.
In response to the statement Igor Nazaruk, the Ambassador of Belarus to the Republic of Armenia was summoned to the MFA of Armenia for clarification, the press service of the Armenian Foreign Office informs.
During the meeting Deputy Foreign Minister Sharavsh Kocharyan expressed to the Ambassador the deep bewilderment of the Armenian side regarding some provisions reflected in the statement of the MFA of the Republic of Belarus on the developments around Nagorno-Karabakh, released on April 2, 2016.
It has been stated to Igor Nazaruk that such statement is incompatible to the spirit of the Armenia-Belarus relations and contradicts the commitments of the sides taken within the framework of the CSTO and other international structures, undermines the negotiation process while encouraging the use of force in the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement process.
Let us recall that on the night of April 2 the situation in the area of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has harshly escalated. Azerbaijan reported that in result of attacks 12 Azerbaijani soldiers and more than 100 Nagorno-Karabakh servicemen were killed. Nagorno-Karabakh noted that there were at least 200 dead from the Azerbaijani side. Yerevan reported that 18 people were killed from the Armenian side.
The parties admitted civilian casualties.
Nagorno-Karabakh, mainly populated by Armenians, declared independence from Azerbaijan in 1991. This led to an armed conflict, where Azerbaijan lost control over the territory and about 30 thousand people were killed.