Karabakh authorities have been taking all the necessary steps for returning of the bodies of the members of the helicopter MI-24 crew, shot down by the Azerbaijani party and for ruling out of provocations in future, the NKR Foreign Minister, Karen Mirzoyan, said over today's meeting with participants in the project "Voice of Artsakh".
US Co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group James Warlick has de facto recognized the presence of a state border between the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and Azerbaijan, David Babayan, Spokesman of Nagorno-Karabakh's President, told ArmInfo on Friday
Such a short distance between the Armenian helicopter and the Azeri positions raises numerous questions to the Armenian command, Heritage Party Leader Raffi Hovannisian said at a press conference on Friday.
In an official statement sent to ArmInfo, French Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Armenia, Jean- Francois Charpentier, says: "From a humanitarian viewpoint, France, as an OSCE Minsk Group co-chair country, wishes the bodies of the three pilots of the downed helicopter to be transferred to Armenia.
Nagorny Karabakh Republic Defense Army (NKR DA) bears no relation to the latest murder of an Azerbaijani soldier, NKR DA Spokesperson Senor Hasratyan told ArmInfo.
The statement issued by the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs is disappointing and surprising, the Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan said in its statement, APA reports.
"The statement by the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs on downing of the helicopter on the front-line is a provocation, absurd and illogical," Parliament Vice-Speaker Ziyafat Asgarov said on November 20, according to APA news agency.
Armenia's Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan assured reporters, Thursday that Armenia would not exchange the arrested Azeri raiders for the bodies of the three pilots killed in downing of Armenian helicopter. The minister said the raiders are criminals and must be punished within the law.
The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Ambassadors Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, James Warlick of the United States of America, and Pierre Andrieu of France) remain deeply concerned that there has been no humanitarian access to the crash site of the military helicopter downed by Azerbaijani forces on November 12.
Well, we understand that there are - there may have been a refusal of access to an OSCE representative; would refer you to the OSCE for further details on that, Jeff Rathke, Director of the Office of Press Relations of the US Department of State, said during a daily press briefing, when asked about the OSCE's inability to visit the crash site of the Armenian helicopter that was shot down Azeris on Nov 12.
Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian is using all possible contacts to find out what has happened to the crew of the Armenian helicopter shot down by Azeris on Nov 12, Spokesman of Armenia's Foreign Ministry Tigran Balayan says in Twitter.
Iran's Ambassador to Armenia Mohammad Raiesi is displeased with the situation in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone. He said this when asked by journalists to comment on the shooting down of an Armenian helicopter by Azeris.
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict isn't resolved not because of the OSCE mediators, as Mevlut Cavusoglu says, but because of Baku's approaches and behavior, Head of the Department of Press, Information and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia Tigran Mkrtchyan says in Twitter.
By shooting down the Karabakh Armed Forces' helicopter, Azerbaijan has gained revenge, Stepan Safaryan, Head of the Armenian Institute for International and Security Affairs, said at today's press conference.
Stepanakert must take steps to ascertain fate of the crewmembers of Armenian Mi-24 helicopter that was downed by the Azerbaijani armed forces while making a training flight, Eduard Sharmazanov, Vice Speaker of Armenian Parliament, told reporters, Wednesday.
Azerbaijan is a terrorist state," Deputy Foreign Minister of Armenia Shavarsh Kocharyan told reporters when commenting on latest downing of Armenian unarmed helicopter by Azerbaijani armed forces. "Ramil Safarov who axed sleeping Armenian officer is what symbolizes Azerbaijan," Kocharyan said.
"We still cannot approach the crash site of downed Karabakh helicopter MI-24," Artsrun Hovannisyan, Armenia's Defense Ministry Spokesperson, told ArmInfo.
"The Cold War" is still going on. The reason for the unresolved Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the confrontation between West and Russia." The statement came from the head of the Turkish Foreign Ministry Mevlut Cavusoglu on 24 TV. The minister pointed at recent escalation of the confrontation between Russia and the West.
"Baku is waging inhumane, immoral policy by shelling at the area where the downed Armenian helicopter crashed and not letting the Armenian side to approach the wreckage and remove the bodies of the crewmembers," David Babayan, Spokesperson of the NKR President, said when commenting on the latest statement by Firudin Sadigov, representative of Azerbaijan's State Commission on Prisoners of War Hostages and Missing persons suggesting that 'Azerbaijan will allow the bodies of the downed Armenian helicopter pilots to be taken, If it considers it necessary.'
OSCE CiO Personal Representative Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk told reporters following the Tuesday monitoring of the Line of Contact of the Karabakh and Azerbaijani Armed Forces near Aghdam he wished to visit the crash site of the downed Armenian helicopter, but his field assistant from the Azerbaijani party cautioned him not to do that for security reasons. Therefore, Kasprzyk abandoned the idea and the monitoring was conducted in the area of Askeran as planned.
On November 17, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic Karen Mirzoyan received Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk.
Contact.az reports that while visiting the staff of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces in Shamkir on Saturday, Aliyev expressed confidence that "our armed forces have high combat capability and will continue to provide an adequate response to any provocation of the enemy."
On 16 November Artsakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan met personal representative of the OSCE chairman-in-office, Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk.
The Azerbaijani armed forces go on firing at the site of the helicopter downed by Azerbaijan. As press-secretary of Armenia's Defense Ministry Artsrun Hovhannisyan said, because of intensive firing, they still did not manage to come closer to the downed helicopter because. He also added that the Armenian party has been working with international organizations with a purpose to reach the helicopter.
The shooting down of a Nagorno-Karabakh helicopter was a political decision on Azerbaijan's part, hero of the Nagorno-Karabakh war, Maj. Gen. Arkady Ter-Tadevosyan told journalists on Saturday.
Azerbaijan goes on firing at the site of the downed helicopter, as it scares investigation of the incident, the results of which are known in advance, the former defense minister of Armenia, Vagarshak Harutyunyan, told ArmInfo correspondent.
The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urges all parties to the Karabakh conflict to refrain from any actions likely to lead to further escalation of the situation on the ground, the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General said at a Daily Press Briefing, the UN official website reports.
Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues, has released a statement upon news of an Azerbaijani attack on a Nargorno Karabakh helicopter.
Dr. Eleni Theocharous, MPE, Head of the Cypriot delegation of the EPP Group in the European Parliament, Co-Chair of the EU-Armenia friendship group, has addressed a letter to President of European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker over the latest Azerbaijani provocation.
The Armenian National Committee of Canada (ANCC), the largest and the most influential Canadian-Armenian grassroots human rights organization, has dissemianated a statement wherein it calls on the world community to take a firm stance against the Aliyev regime's.
Following the 2014 midterm election, all Members of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues who sought reelection to their house seat won reelection, reported the Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly). The overwhelming success rate of pro-Armenia candidates in the U.S. House of Representatives is the highest ever recorded.