On April 11, the Foreign Ministry of Armenia issued a statement condemning the regular provocation by Azerbaijan against the territorial integrity of Armenia, which caused casualties among the servicemen of the Armenian Armed Forces, calling on the international community and all partners interested in peace and stability in the region to condemn Azerbaijan’s aggressive actions through targeted statements and clear steps, and prevent further escalation of the situation by the latter.
ARMENPRESS reports, the statement reads as follows, “On April 11, around 4:00 p.m., in the territory of the Republic of Armenia, in the area of the village of Tegh, Syunik Province, a group of Azerbaijani armed forces soldiers approached the soldiers of the Armenian armed forces under the pretext of adjusting the border deployment points, provoked fire from firearms, and then from other weapons of different calibers fired in the direction of Armenian servicemen and positions. The servicemen of the Armenian Armed Forces took retaliatory actions and defended the sovereign territory of the Armenia. There are casualties and injuries.
These aggressive actions of the Azerbaijani side were carried out in spite of the willingness of the Armenian side to resolve the problems on the ground through constructive negotiations.
The provocation is another encroachment of Azerbaijan against the territorial integrity of the Republic of Armenia. This policy of Azerbaijan is not new, it is the continuation of the attacks carried out in May and November 2021, as well as September 2022, as a result of which Azerbaijan occupied the sovereign territories of Armenia.
It should be documented that the use of force and the threat of use of force are an integral part of Azerbaijan’s policy and are aimed at significantly destabilizing the situation in the region and undermine the efforts of mediation partners to continue the peace process.
We call on the international community and all partners interested in peace and stability in the region to condemn Azerbaijan’s aggressive actions through targeted statements and clear steps and prevent the latter from further escalating the situation.”