Time in Yerevan: 11:07:36,   25 April

Kerry condemns ceasefire violation along Nagorno Karabakh-Azerbaijan line of contact and excludes military settlement of conflict

YEREVAN, APRIL 3, ARMENPRESS. The US Department of State issued a statement regarding the military operations on the line of contact of Nagorno Karabakh-Azerbaijan. As “Armenpress” reports, the State Department statement reads:

“The United States condemns in the strongest terms the large-scale ceasefire violations along the Nagorno-Karabakh Line of Contact, which have resulted in a number of reported casualties, including civilians. We extend our condolences to all affected families. We urge the sides to show restraint, avoid further escalation, and strictly adhere to the ceasefire. The unstable situation on the ground demonstrates why the sides must enter into an immediate negotiation under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs on a comprehensive settlement of the conflict.

We reiterate that there is no military solution to the conflict. As a co-chair country, the United States is firmly committed to working with the sides to reach a lasting and negotiated peace.”

Along the entire length of the contact line of Nagorno Karabakh- Azerbaijani opposing forces, on April 1 and throughout the morning of April 2, the adversary undertook large-scale offensive military actions, during which the adversary shelled with missile-artillery units not only Armenian defense positions, but also civilian settlements.

According to the data of the Defense Army, the Azerbaijani armed forces fired MM-21 (Grad) multiple rocket launcher on April 2, at 08: 30 in the direction of Martuni (NKR), killing 12 year old Vaghinak Grigoryan and wounding two other children.

During the military operations on April 1 and April 2, the Azerbaijani side sustained over 200 causalities.

Due to the timely and professional actions of the Nagorno Karabakh Defense Army, it was possible to take the situation under control, and also make the enemy suffer considerable losses. The Armenian side sustained 18 casualties and 35 wounded.

On April 3, starting from 06:00, the adversary continued aggressive military operations by using missile-artillery systems and armored vehicles.



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