The delegation headed by Ararat Mirzoyan, President of the National Assembly (Parliament) of Armenia, left on Saturday for the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic on an emergency visit, the press service of the Armenian legislative body reports.
“Within the framework of the visit, Mirzoyan had a separate conversation with his colleague from Artsakh (self-name of Karabakh – ed.) Artur Tovmasyan, then the meeting continued in an extended format,” the report says.
It is noted that deputies of Armenia and Karabakh exchanged information on “the military, political and diplomatic situation resulting from the Turkish-Azerbaijani aggression”.
Earlier, the leaders of Russia, the United States, and France – the OSCE Minsk Group co-chair countries – called for an immediate cessation of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh. Presidents Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump, and Emmanuelle Macron expressed their condolences to the families of the killed and wounded. The leaders called on Yerevan and Baku to pledge to resume negotiations without conditions.
On September 27 the Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan stated that Armenian armed forces fired on settlements on the line of contact in Karabakh, according to these data, there are dead civilians and military men. According to the Armenian Defense Ministry, Karabakh “has undergone air and missile attacks”. Yerevan said Baku had “launched an offensive” in the Karabakh direction. The unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic was told that civilian settlements in Karabakh, including the capital Stepanakert, had come under artillery fire, the authorities called on the population to take refuge and later declared martial law and mobilization in Karabakh.
Armenia also declared martial law and general mobilization. Former Deputy Minister of Justice of Armenia, former Karabakh Ombudsman Ruben Melikyan told TOP NEWS that this was the first time general mobilization was announced in Armenia. The President of Azerbaijan approved the introduction of martial law in a number of cities and regions of the republic and curfews in the country, as well as announced partial mobilization.
A number of states, including Russia and France, called on the parties for restraint. Turkey stated that it would provide any support requested by Azerbaijan against the background of another aggravation of the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh.