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Marianna Mkrtchyan

Armenian Foreign Minister: Azerbaijan has not fulfilled its  obligation to return all prisoners of war and hostages

Armenian Foreign Minister: Azerbaijan has not fulfilled its  obligation to return all prisoners of war and hostages

ArmInfo.Unfortunately, aggression, unleashed by Azerbaijan against Artsakh, showed that the UN early warning mechanisms do not work, which means it is necessary  to continue work on their improvement. This was stated by the  Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia Ara Avazyan during a speech at  a high-level segment of the 46th session of the UN Human Rights  Council.

The Armenian Minister stated with regret that Azerbaijan not only  ignored the call of the UN Secretary General and, subsequently,  resolution 2532 of the Security Council, but also, using the epidemic  situation, unleashed widespread military aggression against the  people of Artsakh. The leadership of Azerbaijan did not hide,  continued to Avazyan, that these actions were aimed at eliminating  the Armenian trail from Artsakh and with the direct participation of  Turkey with the involvement of foreign mercenaries carried out mass  atrocities against Armenians. "Thus, the horrors of genocide  remaining unpunished against Armenians at the beginning of the last  century, repeated in the form of other manifestations of mass  atrocities in our region with incitement and the complicity of the  same criminal.

The use of force to suppress the right to self-determination is a  gross violation of the UN Charter, in which it is clearly written  that all international disputes must be resolved in peaceful way,  "the Armenian Foreign Minister stated.

At the same time, he called even more reprehensible that the  widespread use of foreign mercenaries and terrorists was a cruel  attempt to suppress Human Rights Armenians, including their right to  self-determination, which was recognized as international entities,  including special procedures of this authoritative body.

Avazyan attracted the fact that during a 44-day military operation,  accompanied by rightest violations of international law and  fundamental human rights, the Azerbaijani army made terrifying crimes  and atrocities, intentionally systematically inflicting civic  infrastructure strikes, including schools, hospitals, maternity  hospitals, markets , roads, communication systems and other  structures, desecrated and destroyed the Armenian cultural and  religious heritage on the territory of Artsakh, including churches,  Khachkars and other monuments. "As a result of two blows from the air  inflicted by Azerbaijani armed forces, the Cathedral of  Kazanchetsovts, an important component of Armenian identity, is  seriously damaged in the city of Shushi, an important component of  Armenian identity. This is a deliberate attack on the historical  symbol of the cultural and religious heritage of Artsakh is a gross  violation of international law, the continuation of Azerbaijan's  policies by The destruction of Armenian cultural memory, the ultimate  goal of which is the expulsion of Armenians from Artsakh and the  destruction of the Armenian cultural presence there, "said Ayvazyan.   At the same time, he noted that the Armenian civilian civilians  committed to Armenian civilians who were captured in the Gadrurt  district of Artsakh, is one of the most terrible cases during a  large-scale war against the people of Artsakh, which has already been  qualified by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights as a possible  military crime. According to Aivazyan, the lack of UN structures in  Artsakh became one of the factors not to ensure international  protection, adding that the availability of humanitarian aid for  Nagorno-Karabakh, according to the conviction of Yerevan, should be  apolitical. 

"One of the features of this war is that Azerbaijan widely used  social networks to intimidate the Armenian population.  With the  connivance of high-ranking leadership, Azerbaijani officials and  armed forces are placed in social networks, confirming the  humiliating, in human and ill-treatment of Armenian prisoners of war,  including humiliation , physical violence and application of injury,  as well as decapitation of the handwriting inherent in the Islamic  state. Guilty of war crimes, publicly bragging Armenians, in  Azerbaijan awarded high state awards, including the title of the  National Hero. In this context, it is extremely concerned by the fact  That almost four months after signing on November 9, 2020, the  trilateral cease-fire agreement Armenian prisoners of war and  hostages are still hostage. This means that Azerbaijan has not  fulfilled its obligation to return the sun. EX of prisoners of war,  hostages and continues to retain some of them in captivity. The  immediate return of prisoners of war - civilians, including women -  is an extremely relevant problem and requires an immediate decision,  "said Ayvazyan. Finally, the Armenian minister expressed appreciation  to the state and organizations that did not regret the efforts to  provide humanitarian assistance to Artsakh as during the war. both in  the postwar period, and also invested all their diplomatic and  political potential to resolve the problem. 

"The requirement of justice and peace for the people of Artsakh must  be satisfied immediately, because people who fought for their right  to life, their right to solve their future without Forcing, still  faced with the threat of existence on the ground of their ancestors,  "- summarized Ayvazyan. 


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