UN CHIEF SLAMS CONFLICT IN NAGORNO-KARABAKH
While UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned the escalation of violence in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Armenia also urged world leaders to recognize the independence of the Armenian-dominated region known as the Republic of Artsakh, teleSUR reported.
Guterres was gravely concerned about reports of the extension of hostilities, including the targeting of populated areas. He reminded all sides of their obligations to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure under international humanitarian law, said Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman, in a statement.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said that to avoid the intensification o the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, it should decisively recognize the independence of Nagorno Karabakh (Artsakh), the Armenian news agency ARMENPRESS and Euronews reported on October 8, 2020. Pashinyan said that the Armenian side wants peace, but it does not mean it will stand and wait until becoming a subject for genocide. ‘’The actions of Karabakh have exclusively self-defense nature. We have only one goal – to protect the Armenian people from another genocide, it’s just a self-defense,’’ he added.
So far, the Armenian side has reported 350 casualties among the military and 21 civilians, Azerbaijan’s manpower losses are nearly 4,000, which includes both servicemen from the regular Azerbaijani army and terrorists. President of Artsakh Arayik Harutyunyan called for a new coalition against international terrorism on October 6. He claimed that Artsakh forces downed two Azeri drones and knocked out four D-30 howitzers.