An Armenian soldier has been killed in Nagorno-Karabakh in another ceasefire violations on the Line of Contact with Azerbaijan reported amid a fresh round of talks on the settlement of the protracted conflict.
Military authorities in Stepanakert said on Monday that 22-year-old serviceman Garnik Torosian was shot dead while on combat duty in the eastern direction of the frontline in Karabakh.
“An investigation is underway to clarify details of the incident,” read a short statement released by the Karabakh Defense Army.
This is the second death of a serviceman reported by Karabakh’s military within a space of several days. Conscript Arman Ghukasyan, 20, was reportedly shot dead while on combat duty in the northern direction of the frontline on March 19. The Azerbaijani military also reported that one of its soldiers was shot dead by Armenian forces deployed southeast of Karabakh last Monday. Both sides accused each other of violating the ceasefire.
The Netherlands -- President of Armenia Serzh Sarkisian (center) met with the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, 23 March 2014
The latest casualty report came amid the latest meetings of the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Minsk Group that spearheads international efforts on mediating a peaceful settlement to the conflict around Nagorno-Karabakh.
Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian, who is on a working visit to the Netherlands, on Sunday met with the group’s American, Russian and French co-chairs, ambassadors James Warlick, Igor Popov and Jacques Faure, as well as Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk, the personal representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office.
“The co-chairs discussed with the president of Armenia issues pertaining to the current situation of the peaceful resolution process of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the subsequent steps,” a statement released by Sarkisian’s office said.
On Monday, the international mediators also met with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.