Wednesday, February 26 2020 11:44
Marianna Mkrtchyan

Yerevan: The people of Artsakh have the right to freely determine  their political status without any restrictions

Yerevan: The people of Artsakh have the right to freely determine  their political status without any restrictions

ArmInfo.The Human Rights Council has been and remains a key platform in the UN in  strengthening international capacity to prevent mass barbarism and genocide.  This was stated during the speech at the 43rd meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva by the Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, who also recalled the country's key role in preventing crimes against humanity.

"We intend to submit a new draft resolution on the prevention of  genocide at this Council meeting. We look forward to open, inclusive  and constructive consultations with Member States and other  interested parties. We are convinced that this Council, its special  procedures and the Office of the Special Adviser The UN  Secretary-General for the Prevention of Genocide should continue to  play a major role in promoting and strengthening measures to prevent  genocides and mass atrocities, "Mnatsakanyan said.  In this regard,  the Armenian Foreign Minister stated that the people of Artsakh  continue to confront the threats of Azerbaijan by the use of force.  "Consistent human rights violations by Azerbaijan, intolerance,  hatred, discrimination and open aggression against the people of  Artsakh are the root cause of the conflict.  Pogroms, ethnic  cleansing and deportation of the Armenian population in Baku,  Sumgait, Kirovabad and other cities and villages of Azerbaijan, war  and aggression against Nagorno-Karabakh in the 1990s and the  heroization of the murderers of Armenians testify to the consistent  aggressive policy of Azerbaijan. They pose a threat to the physical  security of the people of Artsakh, remembered this threat in April  2016 during an attempt at a large-scale aggression of Azerbaijan  against Nagorno-Karabakh, "the Armenian minister stated.

At the same time, Mnatsakanyan announced Armenia's commitment to a  peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict within the  framework of the internationally recognized mandate of the OSCE Minsk  Group, once again emphasizing the priority of such key principles as  security and the status of Artsakh. The Foreign Minister noted that  the people of Artsakh have the right, without any restrictions, to  freely determine their political status, freely carry out their  economic, social and cultural development on the basis of their right  to self-determination. "This is the basis of a peaceful settlement.  Armenia also emphasizes the importance of eliminating hatred and  intolerance and making serious efforts to develop contacts between  people. The threat of the use of force is equally strictly excluded.  Armenia and Artsakh are committed to continue working on the modest  results achieved in 2019 ", added the chief diplomat of Armenia.

At the same time, the head of the Armenian Foreign Ministry expressed  his conviction that promoting and supporting the full realization of  human rights for people living in conflict zones should be the  collective goal of the international community.

"Human rights and those who exercise these rights cannot be regarded  as a problem," Mnatsakanyan continued, "they are a solution." In this  context, he quoted words from the message of the UN Secretary-  General, in particular, which states that each measure in the field  of human rights helps reduce tension, ensure sustainable development  and maintain peace.

"On March 31, residents of Artsakh will vote in the presidential and  parliamentary elections, using their legal right to democratic  organization of their lives. The commitment of Artsakh and its  people, who went through war, siege and aggression, and who continue  to face the threat of war, create a strong democratic society and  structures for the protection of human rights deserve full  international support. Human rights and fundamental freedoms must be  respected, protected and promoted without any distinction, including  "based on political The legal, legal or international status of a  particular country or territory, "" Mnatsakanyan added. 

At the end of his speech, he expressed his strong commitment and  support of Armenia to the UN instruments in the field of human  rights, which is a significant platform for international  cooperation. He also spoke about the agenda of democratic reforms in  the country and the commitment of the Armenian authorities to further  the promotion of fundamental human rights and freedoms.

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