The Armenian side will retaliate to any provocation by the enemy by delivering at least an adequate counterblow, Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan said on Saturday, commenting on the successful operation by Karabakh commandoes on the recovery of the remains of three pilots of an Armenian military helicopter that was shot down by Azerbaijani forces near the line of contact on November 12.
The Louisiana State Senate has unanimously adopted a resolution condemning Azerbaijani pogroms against its Armenian citizens and called on the U.S. government to press Baku to bring the perpetrators to justice, reports Asbarez.com, quoting the Armenian National Committee of America – Eastern Region (ANCA-ER).
A spokesman for Armenia’s Defense Ministry has discarded as misinformation the reports in Azerbaijan alleging that as many as 11 Armenian servicemen were killed in the most recent ceasefire violations near Nagorno-Karabakh.
The Azerbaijani units that attempted a series of reconnaissance-subversive actions near Karabakh during the past week got an adequate response from the Armenian side, Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan told media on Wednesday.
Nagorno-Karabakh’s military stopped another reconnaissance-sabotage group from infiltrating into the republic’s territory last night, killing at least two Azeri commandoes and wounding one. The NKR Ministry of Defense said one Armenian soldier, Erik Gasparyan, was killed during the clashes.
An Armenian soldier was wounded on Monday while on combat duty at a position at the Karabakh-Azerbaijani line of contact in the southern direction (Fizuli).
The Nagorno-Karabakh Republic’s Defense Army said Alik Grigoryan (born in 1994) was hit in the right hand by a bullet fired from the Azerbaijani positions.
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Bureau has decided that no more Assembly committee meetings will be held in Azerbaijan for two years after Azerbaijani authorities’ last-minute decision to withdraw a visa already granted to PACE member René Rouquet (France), which is apparently linked to the French parliamentarian’s earlier visit to Nagorno-Karabakh.
On May 21, Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) President Bako Sahakyan signed a decree on awarding posthumously the NKR Defense Army N division’s junior sergeant Artur Ohanjanyan with the “For Service in Battle” medal for bravery shown during the defense of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic’s state borders, the presidential press service said.
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has issued a statement summing up the results of the latest regional tour of the troika of international mediators advancing a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
The American, Russian and French cochairmen of the OSCE Minsk Group, who went to Karabakh on May 17, were met with protests in the Kashatagh area of Berdzor (former Lachin). Young people with posters blocked their way, and the U.S. co-chair James Warlick went out of the car to talk to them.
Armenian revolutionary Stepan Shahumian’s headless mosaic greets visitors at the entrance to the Karabakh village of Sos. The head on the hero’s Soviet-era image was blown off by Azeri shelling more than 18 years ago, and there seem to be no plans for restoration.
Honoring heroes is a less urgent need than producing new ones. And with many of Karabakh’s 301 villages losing their youth to Karabakh cities or to other countries, concerns outgrow populations.
A veteran of the Karabakh war is holding two photographs in his hands – one has three little boys in it, the other three soldiers – arms around one another’s shoulder. At first there seems no connection, but after taking a closer look the resemblance becomes obvious – the same eyes, same faces and same expressions in the eyes, with only age and maturity showing the difference.
Not too long ago, would it seem possible that youth in Nagorno Karabakh would now be celebrating Halloween – dressing as ghouls and goblins and ghosts in this war-worn country?
This Halloween, they did.
And the simple – and yet astounding – act of self-expression is indicative of how one generation which may never outgrow the impact of war, has at least developed an outward world view and a spirit that embraces freedom.