In the early hours of April 2, Azerbaijan initiated an unprecedented escalation of tension along the entire line of contact between the armed forces of Azerbaijan and Nagorno Karabakh Republic, using heavy military equipment, artillery and combat aircraft. Azerbaijani armed forces fired artillery shells not only at the advanced positions of the NKR Defense Army, but also populated areas, which resulted in casualties, including among the civilian population.
Such an escalation of tension by Azerbaijan is fraught with unpredictable consequences. In the current situation, the NKR Defense Army is taking all necessary measures to force Azerbaijan to cease hostilities. Azerbaijan, which once again has undertaken an irresponsible and senseless adventure, bears full responsibility for any possible consequences.
We urge the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs and the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office to strongly and publicly condemn Azerbaijan for the systematic escalation of the situation, the underminingof peace and stability in the region.