YEREVAN (Public Radio of Armenia) — Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian said this week his country is ready to have the international community look at the border incident with Azerbaijan last week.
“Armenia has always stood for the creation of mechanisms of investigation of border incidents, and, unlike Azerbaijan, when we agree on something, we do not backtrack the following day,” Nalbandian said at a joint press conference with the Organization for ecurity and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) chair-in-office, Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore.
“Elements of the establishment of mechanisms were included in the statements by the presidents of Armenia, Russia and Azerbaijan in March 2011 and January 2012 in Sochi. We respect those agreements and we are for the creation of the mechanisms,” Nalbandian added.
Recently the Turkish foreign minister expressed his concerns about the loss of Azeri soldiers, and added also that despite the efforts exerted by the OSCE Minsk Group, the Armenian side is not yet reacting.
Asked to comment, Nalbandian said: “The statement of the Turkish foreign minister, according to which as if he mourns the loss of only the Azeri servicemen as a result of the latest incidents, sounds racist.”
“We have never heard him being concerned about the killings of Armenian soldiers as a result of subversive acts from the Azeri side. While the international community condems the bloody incidents and urges the sides to refrain from the use of force, these sort of Turkish statements in fact encourage Azerbaijanis’ new subversive acts,” Nalbandian stated.