The Mediators' Silence Leads to Repeated Violations of The Cease-Fire Regime by Azerbaijan

17.03.2009

According to the information of the NKR Defense Ministry, in the night of March 13, the Azerbaijan party again violated the cease-fire regime in the southeast direction of the Nagorno Karabakh and Azerbaijani armed forces' contact-line, as a result of which a serviceman of the NKR Defense Army, while having his duty, was killed by a sniper.

It is noticeable that the incident took place the next day after the Office of the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk held a monitoring of the NKR and Azerbaijani armed forces' contact-line just in this area.

This incident, followed by a casualty, took place due to the lack of a corresponding public assessment by the mediators and Andrzej Kasprzyk's Office of the frequent cease-fire violations by the Azerbaijani party during the monitorings held by the Office of the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office.

The lack of a corresponding political assessment of similar actions, which has been repeatedly emphasized by Stepanakert, only encourages the aggressive side, which doesn't even consider it expedient to take into account the proposal of the Foreign Ministers of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chair-states on withdrawing snipers from the front positions as a confidence-building measure, which was introduced at the December 4, 2008 meeting of the OSCE Council of Foreign Ministers.

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