Armenia MFA in constant contact with OSCE MG Co-Chair countries and CSTO member states – FM
YEREVAN, JULY 13, ARMENPRESS. Armenia’s foreign ministry is in constant contact with the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair countries and the CSTO member states following the military operations unleashed by Azerbaijan on the border with Armenia on July 12, FM Zohrab Mnatsakanyan said during the extraordinary session of the Cabinet today.
“Starting from yesterday we are in constant contact with the OSCE MG Co-Chair countries, the personal representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office. In terms of exchange and coordination of information that work is continuous and now as well continues. In line with this, we are also in touch with the CSTO Secretary General and the CSTO member states, this work also continues and of course our work with all our partners in this respect continues and is ongoing”, the minister said, adding that the ministry is transparently informing about the course and all developments that are taking place in this direction.
On July 12, at about 12:30, the armed forces of Azerbaijan attempted to violate the state border of Armenia in an UAZ vehicle in the direction of Tavush province. Following the warning of the Armenian side, the Azerbaijani armed forces left the vehicle and returned to their position. At about 13:45, the Azerbaijani forces made a second attempt to capture the Armenian border post, using artillery fire, but were pushed back, suffering losses.
The Azerbaijani defense ministry reported that four soldiers have died in the incident.
Later that day Armenian defense minister’s spokesperson Shushan Stepanyan announced that the Azerbaijani side restarted shelling the same Armenian position, using 82 mm mortars and a tank.
Today Shushan Stepanyan announced that the Azerbaijani side has again resumed shelling the Armenian positions.
No casualties were reported from the Armenian side. Only two police officers, who were on a combat duty in the border, were slightly injured from the Azerbaijani operations.
Editing and Translating by Aneta Harutyunyan