The damage caused to Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia by Azerbaijan cannot be measured with any numbers, said Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharyan reacting to reports from Baku that put the cost of the ‘Armenian occupation’ at hundreds of billions of dollars.
“In response to the implementation by the people of Nagorno-Karabakh of their right to self-determination Azerbaijan committed massacres and ethnic cleansings against the Armenian population. It unleashed a large-scale aggression against Nagorno-Karabakh which led to victims, destruction of settlements, infrastructure and occupation of territories,” the Armenian official told the state-run news agency Armenpress.
“And today, by proclaiming an axe-murderer a hero and refusing to withdraw snipers, create mechanisms for investigating border incidents and strengthen the ceasefire regime, the Azerbaijani government is responsible for the loss of life regardless of what ethnicity the victims are. The machinations of numbers, international laws and distorted regional history will not help the Azerbaijani government to avoid responsibility,” concluded Kocharyan.