Statement of the Security Council of the Republic of Armenia
On September 19, Prime Minister N. Pashinyan chaired the session of the Security Council, where the following statement was adopted.
On the night of September 12-13, 2022, the armed forces of Azerbaijan launched a large-scale aggression against the sovereign territory of the Republic of Armenia, using large-caliber weapons, artillery, missile systems, and UAVs.
As a result of the aggression, the number of victims and missing persons reaches 207, including 3 civilians were killed, the location of 2 civilians is considered unknown, 293 servicemen and 7 civilians were wounded, 20 servicemen were captured. There are evidences of cases of torture, mutilation of captured or already dead servicemen, and thus illegally depriving Armenian servicemen of life by Azerbaijanis.
The armed forces of Azerbaijan targeted 36 settlements, including Goris, Sisian, Kapan, Jermuk, Vardenis, Tegh, Geghamasar communities, as a result of which 192 houses, 3 hotels, 2 schools, 1 medical facility, 1 banquet hall, 4 cattle barns were partially or completely destroyed. 7 electrical infrastructures, 5 water infrastructures, 3 gas pipelines, 1 bridge, 2 highways, 1 street were damaged. 2 ambulances, 4 private cars were targeted.
The armed forces of Azerbaijan invaded the sovereign territory of the Republic of Armenia in several directions. Thanks to the persistent and heroic resistance of the Armed Forces of Armenia and the involvement of the international community, the attack of Azerbaijan was stopped, but the military-political situation remains tense.
The aggressive policy pursued by Azerbaijan is aimed at thwarting the efforts aimed at the establishing peace in the region, opening regional communications, comprehensive settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh problem and enforcing solutions to the Republic of Armenia.
Having adopted the agenda of establishing peace and opening regional communications, the Republic of Armenia considers unacceptable the policy of threat and coercion conducted by Azerbaijan.
The Security Council declares that the Republic of Armenia will protect its independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity by all available means. Azerbaijani troops must withdraw from the occupied territories of Armenia.
We call on the international community to continuously exert pressure on Azerbaijan to end the occupation of the sovereign territories of the Republic of Armenia and to withdraw the troops, and we welcome all those countries and organizations that have taken a clear position.
At the same time, we reaffirm the commitment of the Republic of Armenia to adhere to the obligation of a responsible member of the international community.