ArmInfo.on September 19, RA Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan chaired an expanded Security Council meeting, following which a 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 unmanned aerial vehicles.
As a result of the aggression, the number of killed and missing people reaches 207, including 3 civilians killed and 2 missing. 293 servicemen and three civilians were wounded, 20 servicemen were taken prisoner. There is evidence of cases of torture, mutilation, dismemberment of captured or wounded Armenian servicemen by Azerbaijanis, and thus unlawful killing>, the statement says.
It is noted that the Azerbaijani Armed Forces shelled 36 settlements, including the communities of Goris, Sisian, Kapan, Jermuk, Vardenis, Teh, Geghamasar, as a result of which 192 residential buildings, 3 hotels, 2 schools, 1 medical institution, 1 banquet, 4 stables. 7 energy infrastructures, 5 water supply infrastructures, 3 gas pipelines, 1 bridge, 2 highways, 1 street were damaged. 2 ambulances, 4 private cars were targeted.
<The armed forces of Azerbaijan penetrated the sovereign territory of the Republic of Armenia in several directions. Thanks to the stubborn and heroic resistance of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Armenia and the involvement of the international community, the Azerbaijani attack was stopped, but the military- political situation remains tense.
The aggressive policy pursued by Azerbaijan is aimed at frustrating efforts to establish peace in the region, open up regional communications, comprehensively resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh problem and impose forceful solutions on the Republic of Armenia. Having adopted the agenda of establishing peace and opening regional communications, the Republic of Armenia considers the policy of threats and coercion pursued by Azerbaijan unacceptable.
The Security Council declares that the Republic of Armenia will defend its independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity with all available means. Azerbaijani troops must be withdrawn from the occupied territories of the Republic of Armenia.
We call on the international community to put constant pressure on Azerbaijan to end the occupation of the sovereign territories of the Republic of Armenia and withdraw troops, and we also 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 the fulfillment of the obligations of a responsible member of the international community", the adopted statement says.