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 Wednesday, December 2 2020 15:08
Alexandr Avanesov

Nikol Pashinyan: The Armenian side is ready to intensify actions to  speed up the exchange of prisoners of war and other detainees

Nikol Pashinyan: The Armenian side is ready to intensify actions to  speed up the exchange of prisoners of war and other detainees

ArmInfo. The Armenian side is ready to intensify actions to speed up the exchange of prisoners of war, hostages and other detainees, as well as the bodies of those  killed and clarify the fate of the missing persons. RA Prime Minister  Nikol Pashinyan stated this on December 2 at the CSTO summit.

In his words, the last two months for the Armenian people have become  a period of confrontation with the armed aggression on the part of  Azerbaijan. Baku, backed by Ankara and terrorist mercenaries from the  Middle East, unleashed a war against the Armenian people. With the  mediation of the Russian Federation, it was possible to stop the  hostilities and agree on measures to de-escalate the situation. For  more than three weeks after the military operations ended, Russian  peacekeepers have been deployed in the conflict zone, but today there  are still a number of urgent tasks. Firstly, it is the question of  the exchange of prisoners of war, hostages and other detainees, as  well as the bodies of those killed, and the clarification of the fate  of the missing people. These are questions that, according to the  head of the Armenian government, cannot be delayed. At the same time,  as Nikol Pashinyan noted, it is necessary to exclude violence towards  prisoners of war and detainees, and humiliation of their dignity.

In addition, as the Armenian Prime Minister stressed, it is necessary  to create conditions for the return of Artsakh people to their homes,  to restore normal life in Nagorno-Karabakh. People need to be sure  they are safe and can continue to live on their land.

Nikol Pashinyan recalled that several tens of thousands of Artsakh  residents have already returned to their homes, efforts are being  made to provide them with the necessary assistance and support. In  addition, it is necessary to take measures to protect the cultural  and religious heritage of the Armenian people located in the  territories occupied by the Azerbaijani troops. Finally, according to  the head of the Armenian government, it is important to ensure the  safe functioning of transport communications, it is necessary to  exclude any provocations and create normal conditions for the  functioning of the infrastructures necessary for the life of the  people of Karabakh. "All the measures I have named, including the  unblocking of all transport links in the region, are necessary to lay  a solid foundation for lasting peace in the region," Nikol Pashinyan  said.

He also said that the Russian peacekeeping contingent deployed along  the line of contact in Nagorno- Karabakh and along the Lachin  corridor, which provides communication between Artsakh and Armenia,  as of today is the guarantor of the preservation of peace and  security in the region. In this context, Nikol Pashinyan pointed to  the exceptional role of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who  throughout the 44 days of the war was in constant contact with the  parties to the conflict, discussing with them measures to end  hostilities.


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