MONITORING IN BERKABER LASTED FOR 7 MINUTES

Aysor
March 31 2010
Armenia

The OSCE mission finished the regular scheduled observation at
Armenia-Azerbaijan border close to Berkaber village of Ijevan region
of Tavush province of Armenia.

As the Aysor.am reporter informed the monitoring which was to last for
30 minutes, lasted for 7 minutes only. No incidents were registered.

Andranik Mkrtumyan, Colonel, Head of the Armenian Armed Forces General
Staff Operative Department Frontier Representation Office, mentioned
that the Armenian side has suggested conducting the monitoring within
the required time, but the Azerbaijani side has demanded to stop it.

"We think that their headquarters is not able to give guarantees of
long term security," A. Mkrtumyan told.

Mkrtumyan reminded that by their first deal with the Azerbaijani side
they were to make the monitoring in the Koti village of Tavush region
where on March 3 there were some incidents recorded.

But a day before the monitoring the Azerbaijani side broke the deal
saying that it can [rovide no security guarantees for that region.

"Does it mean they can't control their own army and subdivisions?" the
colonel said reminding that the Azerbaijani side has refused to
conduct monitoring in the Chinar village.

"We try to open an answering fire only at the worst case, and I can
say that we answer when it is really needed," mentioned A. Manukyan.