Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia Ararat Mirzoyan He urged the world to stop talking in terms of “both sides.”
– There is no longer any side to the conflict, only perpetrators and victims. He said in connection with the specially convened meeting of the UN Security Council that there is no conflict, but rather there is a real danger of atrocities occurring.
The entire territory of Nagorno-Karabakh was subjected to intense and indiscriminate bombardment with robots and heavy artillery, including banned cluster weapons, Mirzoyan continued, accusing Azerbaijan of ethnic cleansing of Armenians in the region.
At least 200 people were killed and 400 others wounded in the Azerbaijani offensive that began Tuesday, according to Armenian separatists in the breakaway region, which lies within Azerbaijan’s official borders but is populated almost exclusively by Armenians.
Try to mislead
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Jehun Bagramov Armenia was accused of misleading.
He said that Armenia’s attempt to use the UN Security Council in its campaign to mislead the international community is unfortunate, accusing the Security Council of bias.
Bagramov also repeated accusations that Armenia has long pushed separatism in Nagorno-Karabakh through military support.
Several Western countries urged Azerbaijan to protect the civilian population.
– French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna said that if Azerbaijan really wants to reach a peaceful, negotiated solution, it must provide concrete guarantees immediately.
Colonna also demanded the reopening of the only available land corridor from Armenia to Nagorno-Karabakh, where aid convoys were allowed to arrive shortly before the attack.
– They must accept an international humanitarian presence. This will be indispensable when winter comes, she continued.
France, the United States and Germany condemned the military operation.
On Tuesday, Azerbaijan began its military operation, following allegations of the presence of Armenian forces in the separatist region, which Armenia denied. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev announced on Wednesday that his country had taken control of the separatist region and that the Armenian separatists had agreed to lay down their arms.
Nagorno-Karabakh is a mountainous region in the South Caucasus located within the borders of Azerbaijan, but in fact it is a breakaway region under the wing of Armenia, and the majority of its population are Armenians.
The region was at the heart of the decades-long regional conflict between the two countries, and two wars broke out in the region.
In August and September 2020, thousands of fighters were killed over the course of six weeks. Russia then brokered a ceasefire agreement, which saw Armenia cede parts of territory it had controlled for decades, while Russia deployed forces guarding the five-kilometre-wide Latgin corridor to ensure free passage between Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh.
In late June, deadly fighting broke out in the long-disputed region. The parties continued to exchange accusations of violating the ceasefire that was supposed to prevail in the region.
Baku and Yerevan are trying to negotiate a peace agreement with the help of the European Union and the United States, whose diplomatic intervention in the Caucasus has angered Russia.