The President of Armenia, Armen Sarkisian, accused Wednesday alliance member Turkey on NATO headquarters of its implication in the conflict about Nagorno-Karabakh.
NATO secretary-general, Jens Stoltenberg, informed his guest that NATO, which is a partner of both Armenia and Azerbaijan, looks neutral in the conflict and requested a ceasefire. However, Sarkisian protested against the support of Turkey to Azerbaijan that had perturbed international efforts to mediate peace.
He also said: It looks like sometimes it’s no longer the conflict between Republic of Artsakh, the people of Nagorno-Karabakh, and Azerbaijan, but there is a third party there as well.
The President of Armenia also accused Ankara of backing Azerbaijan politically, diplomatically, heavily militarily and reported a long-standing accusation that it had eased the propagation of Syrian fighters.
Standing by Stoltenberg, Sarkisian said: And unfortunately, that third party is a member of NATO and I being here, I could not speak about that third party — that third party’s Turkey, adding: So I do believe that if a NATO member country like Turkey will stop being a part of the conflict and will contribute to the ceasefire, and to the understanding that there should be a peaceful solution that we will reach a ceasefire.
Moreover, Stoltenberg didn’t talk about the claims against Turkey when he appeared with the Armenian leader, while he demanded the two main combatant parties to show restraint, saying: Both Armenia and Azerbaijan have been valued NATO partners for more than 25 years. NATO is deeply concerned by ongoing violations of the ceasefire which have caused tragic loss of life.
He also added: It is vital that all sides now show restraint, observe the ceasefire and de-escalate. Any targeting of civilians is unacceptable and must stop all must now work towards a sustainable political solution.
Otherwise, the Prime Minister of Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan, had excluded a diplomatic solution to the conflict with Azerbaijan and requested Armenians to volunteer for military service. Armenia and Azerbaijan have been entered in severe fighting for nearly a month about the disputed region, Karabakh, which is a region of Azerbaijan controlled by Armenian separatists.