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 Thursday, January 21 2021 17:43
Marianna Mkrtchyan

RA Ombudsman drew French Ambassador`s attention to artificial delay  by Azerbaijan of POWs returning process

RA Ombudsman drew French Ambassador`s attention to artificial delay  by Azerbaijan of POWs returning process

ArmInfo.At the meeting with Ambassador of France to Armenia Jonathan Lacote, RA Human Rights Defender Arman Tatoyan first of all raised issues related to the  rights of Armenian servicemen and civilians in Azerbaijani captivity  and their immediate return.

As reported by the press service of the RA Ombudsman, Tatoyan  stressed that the return or release of prisoners of war should be  considered exclusively in the context of human rights or the  humanitarian process, as an international requirement for automatic  action. The Ombudsman informed the Ambassador that the Azerbaijani  authorities are artificially delaying the process of returning the  Armenian prisoners of war who were under their jurisdiction during  the hostilities, as well as before and after hostilities.

The Human Rights Defender also touched upon the process of defining  or clarifying the borders of Armenia with Azerbaijan, noting that it  is accompanied by gross violations of the rule of law and human  rights.

According to him, one of the main factors of this is that this  process is taking place with obvious threats of war from Azerbaijan  against the population of Armenia, as well as with genocidal  rhetoric. "But this not only continues, but the hatred of Armenians  and the incitement of hostility is receiving a new impetus.   Consequently, it has no legal force, it must be immediately stopped  or revised, " the Ombudsman of Armenia stated. 

Moreover, he emphasized that the definition of borders with the  described approaches will not  contribute to the peaceful coexistence  of peoples in the region, but it only will also create fertile ground  for the incessant Armenophobia and hostility in Azerbaijan and its  dangerous manifestations.  During the meeting, the parties discussed  other issues related to human rights.


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