Diplomat: Azerbaijan`s threat of missile attack on the Armenian nuclear power plant is a gross violation of international humanitarian law

Arminfo, Armenia
Sept 19 2020

ArmInfo. The threat of a rocket attack by Azerbaijan at the Armenian nuclear power plant is a gross violation of international humanitarian law, the Ambassador  Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Armenia to Italy  Tsovinar Hambardzumyan stated about this in the interview to the  Italian "La Verita" newspaper.

According to her, such threats best demonstrate the true face of this  state. "We consider this statement as a sign of state nuclear  terrorism. This statement poses a threat to all the peoples of the  region, including the people of Azerbaijan. One observation: for many  years, Azerbaijan has constantly raised the issue of the safety of a  nuclear power plant in various international organizations, noting  that it is in a seismic zone, allegedly outdated, and so on. And now  Azerbaijan is threatening to destroy it. We think that this clearly  shows that all the so-called fears of Azerbaijan are anti-Armenian,  "the diplomat said. She stated with regret that human life in  Azerbaijan is not a value, not to mention the life of the people of  Nagorno- Karabakh.

Speaking about the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the  Ambassador, first of all, thanked the Italian authorities, and  personally the Minister of Foreign Affairs Luigi Di Maio, for a  balanced approach to the settlement of the conflict. "I highly  appreciate the approach taken by the Italian side during the July  events. We expect that the Italian authorities will continue to show  a balanced, impartial approach and support the peace process within  the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group co- chairmanship, "the  ambassador said.

Answering the question who was the first to start hostilities during  the July events, Tsovinar Hambardzumyan recalled Armenia's proposals  to introduce mechanisms of investigations on the border of Armenia  and Azerbaijan and on the Line of Contact of the armed forces of  Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan, which were rejected by official  Baku. <A party that is not going to attack should not object to these  mechanisms. Have you ever heard hostile calls from Armenia to the  people of Azerbaijan? Azerbaijan does it every day. Who calls the  Armenians enemy number one, organizing demonstrations in the streets  of Baku under the slogan "Death to Armenians"?>

The current escalation of hostilities has highlighted the need for  enhanced security and confidence-building measures, such as  establishing direct communication between commanders and introducing  monitoring and investigation mechanisms. However, it is not Armenia  and Artsakh, but Azerbaijan that consistently opposes to the  introduction of these measures, "the Armenian diplomat noted.

She also pointed to the role of Turkey in exacerbating the situation.  According to Tsovinar Hambardzumyan, the role of Turkey, to put it  mildly, as always, is destructive. "Unfortunately, Turkey is becoming  more and more dangerous as it has become an exporter of instability  to various regions, be it the Mediterranean, Africa or the Asian  region. Turkey is currently trying to export this policy to the South  Caucasus. Their unconditional support for Azerbaijan and their  destructive role in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is only part of  Turkey's neo-Ottoman policy, "the Armenian diplomat said. 

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