Mobile communication and internet access in the territory of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) are deliberately broken by Azerbaijan. According to Artsakh Human Rights Defender Gegham Stepanyan, this is not the first time since the war. There were similar communication failures in August as well.
Gegham Stepanyan (Artsakh Human Rights Defender) - It seems that at that time the issue was settled with the intervention of the Russian side, at least for some time the communication was working normally.
Karabakh Telecom, the only communication operator, refuses to comment. Instead, the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure, which regulates the sector, assures that the enemy is disrupting the radio-electronic field.
Smbat Petrosyan (Deputy Minister of Territorial Administration of Artsakh) - That research has been done, that hypothesis has been put forward, that hypothesis has been confirmed. In other words, the disruptions of mobile communication, I emphasize, it is important, the disruptions of mobile, that is, mobile internet are conditioned mostly by the use of radio-electronic means of struggle by the enemy.
Communication failures have become more frequent since November this year. According to the Artsakh Human Rights Defender, Azerbaijan creates humanitarian problems and tries to disrupt the normal life of the Artsakh Armenians. The problem is more acute in the communities near the line of contact.
Gegham Stepanyan - This is not just a disruption, this violates rights of communication and freedom living in Artsakh, but also has a specific humanitarian nature.
There were discussions on the issue in the Artsakh Security Council, where they assured that measures are being taken to fix the situation.