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.