BAKU TO REJECT THREAT OR USE OF FORCE AGAINST CIVIL AIRCRAFTS OF KARABAKH
- The Azerbaijani authorities have reportedly pledged to refrain from the threat or use of force against the civilian aircrafts of the Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) Republic,
Summing up the outcomes of their visit to the South Caucasus region, the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Ambassadors Robert Bradtke (US), Jacques Faure (France) and Igor Popov (Russia), and the personal representative of the OSCRE chairman-in-office, Andrzej Kasprzyk, renewed assurances from both sides that they will reject any threat or use of force against civil aircraft, pursue the matter through diplomatic steps, and refrain from politicizing the issue.
According to a press release by the OSCE, the co-chairs reaffirmed that operation of the airport cannot be used to support any claim of a change in the status of Nagorno-Karabakh, and urged the sides to act in accordance with international law and consistent with current practice for flights over their territory.
The c-chairs also addressed their June 18 meeting in Paris with the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan. They expressed their deep concern over recent incidents along the frontlines, and reiterated that the sides' political will to achieve peace is best demonstrated by refraining from maximalist positions, respecting the 1994 ceasefire agreement, and abstaining from hostile public rhetoric.
- 1862 The police arrest Nalbandyan (writer and political activist).
- 1904 Birth of painter Vostanik Adoyan (Arshile Gorky) in Van (Western Armenia). He committed suicide in 1948.
- 1933 Death of Leninist Guards representative, Issahak Lalayants in Moscow. He was born in 1870.
- 1935 Opening of the Armenian Section in the Academy of Science of the USSR.