The Armenian community of Argentina held a massive demonstration outside the Embassy of Azerbaijan in the country to denounce the Azeri aggression against Nagorno Karabakh on the night of Tuesday, April 5, Prensa Armenia reports.
After an intense awareness campaign among the society, all institutions of the community called for peace and recognition of self-determination of the people of Artsakh. The rally was attended by several community representatives and Archbishop Kissag Mouradian, Primate of the Armenian Apostolic Church for Argentina and Chile.
“Azerbaijan has embarked in recent years on the process of expanding its military arsenal and the externalization of their convictions to achieve their goals through weapons. The continued aggressive attitude of Azerbaijan against the civilian population of Nagorno Karabakh confirms that a peaceful resolution of the conflict will only be possible by respecting the right of self-determination of its people,” reads the statement signed by all community organizations.
“Given the serious situation in question, we ask the authorities of Argentina to urge the parties to circumscribe the conflict settlement in the framework of the negotiations held in the Minsk Group, and thus avoiding a regional explosion with unpredictable consequences.”
Also Tuesday, the Armenian organization Nor Serund staged a massive rally in front of Azerbaijan’s Embassy in Paris.
The participants carried posters with the slogans “Karabakh is ours” and “Aliyev is the enemy of peace.”
The demonstrators tried to draw closer to the Embassy but the police formed a human wall and used tear gas to hinder the youth’s advance.
In addition, the Armenian activists ofAustria held a protest action in front of the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, where the OSCE Minsk Group had held a special meeting earlier that day. The protesters demanded that Azerbaijan cease violence in Nagorno Karabakh, RIA says.
The parties to the Karabakh conflict agreed on a bilateral ceasefire along the contact line which came into force at midday, April 5.
Prior to that, on the night of April 1-2, Azerbaijani armed forces initiated overt offensive operations in the southern, southeastern and northeastern directions of the line of contact with Nagorno Karabakh.
As many as 29 Karabakh servicemen were killed and 101 were wounded in the course of military operations. 28 Karabakh soldiers have gone missing so far.
As of April 5, the Azerbaijani side has lost 26 tanks and 4 infantry fighting vehicles, as well as 1 BM-21 Grad multiple rocket launcher, 2 military helicopters and 11 unmanned aerial vehicles.
14 Karabakh tanks have been neutralized since April 2.