Armenia says it will demand an international investigation into the alleged shootings of Armenian POWs by Azerbaijani soldiers.
On Sunday, the Armenian news agency mitk.am reported that videos (18+) showing the shooting of unnamed Armenian captives by Azerbaijanis appeared in Telegram channels.
The Armenian Foreign Ministry said the videos show “military crimes by the armed forces of Azerbaijan – extrajudicial killings of Armenian prisoners of war, torture of Armenian servicemen, including women, desecration of bodies.”
“The Republic of Armenia demands a clear assessment of the egregious war crimes committed by the Azerbaijani Armed Forces in this and previous periods. We will be consistent in voicing the issue at relevant international platforms and instances, bringing the perpetrators and organizers of the aforementioned crimes to justice, including with the application of international sanctions,” the agency’s statement reads.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, in turn, called on the international community “to strongly condemn this war crime and take appropriate measures to stop Azerbaijani aggression.
EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus Toivo Klaar also commented on the video: “If the authenticity of the footage is confirmed, then we have a war crime that must be investigated and the perpetrators punished.