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Pashinyan Accuses Azerbaijan of Military Coercion, Urges Diplomacy to Prevent Escalation into Full-Scale War

Pashinyan Accuses Azerbaijan of Military Coercion, Urges Diplomacy to Prevent Escalation into Full-Scale War

Four Armenian border guards lost their lives on February 13 due to aggressive actions by Azerbaijan along the state border, announced Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan during Thursday's Cabinet meeting. The incident occurred in the Nerkin Hand village of Kapan, Syunik Province, escalating tensions between the two nations.

Pashinyan expressed condolences to the families of the victims, emphasizing that this incident highlights Azerbaijan's destructive policy. The Prime Minister revealed that despite ongoing investigations into a previous shooting incident, Azerbaijan launched a massive attack on Armenian positions the following morning, resulting in the casualties.

Armenia accuses Azerbaijan of maintaining a policy of military coercion, with Pashinyan noting a lack of interest from Baku in ensuring border stability and security. He pointed to a 2022 agreement that included border security in the mandate of Armenian and Azerbaijani commissions on border delimitation. However, Azerbaijan renamed its commission, omitting the security component, indicating a reluctance to address the broader issues.

Pashinyan asserted, "Azerbaijan continues to conduct the policy of 'give me what I want through negotiation. Otherwise, I will take it with war.'" The Prime Minister highlighted the importance of negotiations to prevent military escalation and protect Armenia's territorial integrity and sovereignty.

Moreover, Pashinyan raised concerns about the possibility of Azerbaijan starting military operations, eventually escalating into a full-scale war against Armenia. He interpreted statements and actions from Baku as indicative of such intentions, reinforcing Armenia's commitment to active negotiations to avoid conflict.

The dispute extends to territorial claims, with Azerbaijan consistently referencing four villages while refusing to acknowledge the occupation of 31 non-enclave villages in Armenia. Pashinyan proposed a constructive solution, urging both sides to redraw the Armenia-Azerbaijan border on the map and on the ground. This would involve withdrawing troops to the agreed-upon border line to ease tensions.

Armenia reiterates its readiness to find specific solutions based on agreed principles, despite Azerbaijan's reluctance to withdraw troops from the occupied territories. 


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