Armen Papikyan, Permanent Representative of Armenia to the OSCE, participated in and delivered a speech at the special session of the OSCE Permanent Council convened at Armenia’s initiative.
Armen Papikyan drew the attention of the OSCE Permanent Council to the military aggression launched by Azerbaijan on September 13 against the sovereign territory of the Republic of Armenia.
Ambassador Papikyan noted that the Azerbaijani armed forces, in flagrant violation of international humanitarian law and the Geneva Conventions, bombarded a number of Armenian settlements using heavy weapons, including artillery, missiles and drones.
It was underlined that the Azerbaijani aggression is a flagrant violation of the fundamental principles and commitments of the OSCE, the Charter of the United Nations and the Helsinki Final Act.
Referring to the need for an appropriate response from the international community, Ambassador Papikyan stressed the importance of a clear and unambiguous condemnation of Azerbaijan’s aggression against Armenia by the OSCE and its Participating States. It was stressed that only a clear response and proper assessment of Azerbaijan’s aggressive actions, including appropriate active measures by the international community, can prevent another war in the region.
He stressed that the continued use of force or the threat of force undermines the ongoing processes in the region aimed at establishing peace and security in the South Caucasus, as well as the settlement of all issues. related to and arising from the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
The Permanent Representative of Armenia to the OSCE reaffirmed the commitment of the Republic of Armenia to the program of establishing peace and stability in the region. The importance of the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairmanship as a negotiating format with an international mandate was stressed.