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Ara Aivazian: The de-occupation of the territories of Artsakh is a  priority for the Armenian side

Ara Aivazian: The de-occupation of the territories of Artsakh is a  priority for the Armenian side

ArmInfo.The last serious violation of the ceasefire in Artsakh was recorded yesterday.  Armenia's Foreign Minister Ara Aivazian stated this during the  meeting of the Committee on Foreign Relations. According to him, as a  result of this violation, a soldier of the Artsakh Defense Army was  wounded. The Artsakh Foreign Ministry and Defense Army condemned the  incident, and the Armenian Foreign Ministry supports their position.

"As the head of the Armenian Foreign Ministry, I would like to note  that we condemn the violation of the clauses of the agreement of  November 9, 2020. These violations relate to 1 and 8 points of the  agreement.  According to these paragraphs, the parties must remain in  their taken positions,  cease fire and exchange prisoners of war.

In some cases, the violation of these paragraphs was systematic.When  the Azerbaijani Armed Forces violated the ceasefire in the Hadrud  region of Artsakh, in the direction of the villages of Khtsaberd and  Hin Tegher, as a result of the attack 64 Armenian servicemen were  captured. A false accusation was made against them in Azerbaijan,  such behavior of Baku is a violation not only of the trilateral  statement, but also of the Geneva Conventions," Aivazian noted.

The Minister said that such behavior cannot contribute to the  establishment of peace in the region. Aivazian also noted that the  priority for the Armenian side is the return of prisoners of war. The  Foreign Minister also stressed that Armenia will continue to make  efforts to return prisoners of war to their homeland. In this  direction, the Foreign Ministry cooperates with international  partners, coordinating its steps with other relevant bodies.

"Armenia, which signed the statement of January 11, 2021, noted that  it is ready to take steps for the mutually beneficial use of the  infrastructure potential of our region. However, we need trust to  develop cooperation. The situation in the region is a consequence of  the use of force. The use of force can lead to a new stage of  confrontation, but cannot solve the problems. The problem can be  solved only through diplomatic means, taking into account the rights  and points of view of all parties. Only in this way can peace be  established in the South Caucasus.

The basis of the Artsakh problem is the question of the right to  self-determination of the people of Artsakh.  Armenia will continue  to advocate for the self-determination of the people of Artsakh.  Armenia is ready to continue negotiations on a peaceful settlement of  the Artsakh problem in the format of the OSCE Minsk Group", Aivazian  stressed.

The Minister noted that the de-occupation of the territories of  Artsakh and the safe return of displaced persons to these territories  are the priorities of the Armenian side are. 


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