We never torture human beings to death – Nagorno-Karabakh official on Azerbaijani hostage

The Azerbaijani soldier taken hostage in the defense operations in the north of the Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) Line of Contact is not facing threats to life or health, the spokesperson of the country’s president said today, commenting on the recent border infiltration attempt.

“Unlike the Azerbaijanis – who kill and torture to death any Armenian who finds himself or herself in their country, and sell organs and take all sorts of dirty steps and actions – we never demonstrate such a behavior or pursue such policies. That’s alien to an Armenian’s civilization,” Davit Babayan told Tert.am.

He attributed the Azerbaijani regime’s conduct to “their own philosophy of state building, which anchored on terrorism, and fascist approaches”.

This year is a special year for the Nagorno-Karabakh army which will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the liberation of Shushi and Berdzor, Babayan said, noting that Azerbaijan is dominated by negative sentiments as opposed to the two Armenian republics.

In his words, the Azerbaijanis have targeted especially Talish, the village seriously ravaged in the four-day war, to distract people from the large-scale development activities to bring back former residents home. “I really wonder that after so many years, they never arrived at the understanding that it is impossible to distract the people of Artsakh from the path they have taken,” the spokesperson added.