Swiss Ambassador to Armenia Lukas Gasser: Switzerland will try to contribute to a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict without questioning the established formats such as the OSCE Minsk process
"In view of the 23 August incident on the Armenian- Azerbaijan border and on the basis of the available data, the Defense Ministry of Armenia informs in a statement that Azerbaijani snipers wounded Armenian soldiers from a distance of 700-800 meters.
The Ministry reports that that Azerbaijan tries to destabilize the state border of Armenia via that tragic incident. "Azerbaijan tries to destabilize the relatively peaceful Nakhijevani direction and 'remind' the voters in Nakhijevan 'who they are obliged to for their life and welfare.' The Ministry reiterates that President of Azerbaijan and his military-political regime is responsible for the life of an Armenian or an Azerbaijani soldier. In the context of such developments, the Ministry stresses the importance of final coordination and application of the mechanisms of inquiry into the incidents on the border and urges the OSCE MG co-chairs to use all available resources to overcome the obstacles Azerbaijan creates to impede approval of the given mechanisms," the Ministry says in the statement.
The Investigation Service of the Defense Ministry initiated proceedings on the basis of Article 104.2.6 and 104.2.13 (murder on religious, racial and religious motives with a device or course of action that would normally be hazardous to the lives of more). Investigation is underway.
The Ministry shares the grief of the families of the killed soldier Norayr Petrosyan, and wishes sooner recovery to the wounded soldier Arthur Asoyan.