ArmInfo. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan's meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov began. Official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova announced this on her Facebook page.
To recall, yesterday head of the Russian state held an online meeting on the Russian peacekeeping mission in Nagorno-Karabakh.
As Sergey Lavrov said at the meeting, "during these days, after November 13, we are in close contact with the co-chairs, the Americans and the French, who visited Moscow. And I met with them, my colleagues met with them. They were provided with full information, which once again confirmed that the agreement that the Presidents of Russia, Azerbaijan and the Prime Minister of Armenia signed on November 9 is fully in line with the principles that were agreed upon in recent years between the OSCE Minsk Group Co- Chairs and received worldwide support >.
At this stage, according to the head of the RF Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the department is concentrating on working with international organizations. First of all, this is the International Committee of the Red Cross, whose President, Peter Maurer, paid a visit to Moscow and discussed in detail the situation and prospects of our cooperation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Emergency Situations, with our other departments, which are somehow involved in this work. "The uniqueness of the Red Cross lies in the fact that it has a representative office in Yerevan, Baku and Stepanakert. They were forced to leave Stepanakert during the period of hostilities, but they returned there several days ago. We are interested in the closest contact with our peacekeepers and with the Interdepartmental Center for Humanitarian Response. You have already outlined these tasks, we are actively guided by them, "Lavrov said.
As the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry noted, more needs to be done through the UN organizations. These are the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the World Food Program, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, UNESCO.
These bodies do not have representation in the region everywhere, although appropriate efforts are being made.
"It is important for the Commissioner for Refugees to compile reliable statistics on the number of people who need help. According to estimates, we are talking about about 90 thousand people who left for Armenia, and about 45 thousand Azerbaijanis, who, against the background of hostilities, left the regions adjacent to Nagorno-Karabakh.
Of course, we are interested in this management, to get the support of all relevant parties so that they can expand their work, including helping to return those who were forced to leave their homes. Our peacekeepers are actively promoting these processes.
And, of course, a separate issue is the so-called historical refugees from Azerbaijan who left the region back in 1992-1994 during that war. The World Food Program has officially received an invitation from Yerevan. At the same time, they came into contact with Azerbaijan, although there, in Baku, there has been no office of the World Food Program since 2013, but a corresponding proposal with those ideas that can be used to help with food was sent to Baku, including. I spoke today with the Director-General of UNESCO, Ms Azoulay. She issued a statement today, in which she announced her intention to send a special UNESCO mission to the conflict zone to assess the situation and the scope of tasks on the spot in terms of restoration and protection of cultural heritage, places of worship, and assistance in the field of education. Of course, we are talking about assistance to both the Armenian and Azerbaijani sides.
We proceed from the premise that all these UN structures that I mentioned, which you mentioned, Mr President, should be encouraged to more actively offer their capabilities to the parties. The UN officers themselves know these possibilities best. And we called on our partners in the troika of co-chairs: the Americans and the French, other members of both the OSCE Minsk Group and the UN Security Council, to encourage such activity of international organizations in every possible way.
Unfortunately, there is a tendency, we feel it, which is aimed at trying to slow down the implementation of the statements of the presidents of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia of November 9, not to allow this statement to take place in full, although everyone must admit that it is being successfully implemented. And we also observe attempts to change the nature of the peacekeeping operation, while latent, but they are taking place. Therefore, our task is, together with the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Emergency Situations, with our border guards, we participate in assessing the situation on the ground, and we correlate accordingly the signals that we send to international organizations, encouraging them more actively offer their opportunities for the speedy settlement of humanitarian issues, issues of preserving cultural heritage in the conflict zone, " Sergey Lavrov said.