ArmInfo.Armenian FM holds bilateral meetings on sidelines of 77th session of U.N. General Assembly.
On September 21, within the framework of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly, Foreign Minister of Armenia Ararat Mirzoyan had a meeting with USAID Administrator Samantha Power.
The interlocutors commended the consistent development of the Armenian-U.S. relations based on common democratic values, which enriches the bilateral agenda with a new content. Minister Mirzoyan reiterated the commitment of the Government of Armenia to democracy and the protection of human rights and its readiness to continue the reform agenda.
Minister Mirzoyan and Samantha Power touched upon the projects implemented by USAID in Armenia, and exchanged views on the prospects of implementing new joint programs. The importance of the joint work carried out for the reform agenda of the Government of Armenia, the institutional capacity building in Armenia, as well as the further deepening and expansion of cooperation in these directions was highlighted.
During the meeting, the Foreign Minister briefed upon the recent aggression unleashed by Azerbaijan against the territorial integrity of the Republic of Armenia and the subsequent situation.
In the context of countering the maximalist and aggressive behavior of Azerbaijan, the role of targeted condemnation of Azerbaijani aggression by the international community as well as the importance of taking efficient steps towards preventing potential aggressions in the future were emphasized. Ararat Mirzoyan also stressed that the Republic of Armenia will continue to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
On September 21, on the margins of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia Ararat Mirzoyan met with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejcinovic Buric.
Ararat Mirzoyan briefed his counterpart on the details of the aggression unleashed by Azerbaijan against the sovereign territory of the Republic of Armenia, considering unacceptable the cases of deliberate targeting of the civilian population and infrastructure, inhumane treatment and torture of Armenian servicemen and prisoners of war by the Azerbaijani armed forces.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia noted that such actions of Azerbaijan are a blatant disregard of the fundamental norms of international law and the obligations undertaken by the member states within the framework of the Council of Europe and should have appropriate consequences.
The Armenian side emphasized the necessity of preserving the territorial integrity of the Republic of Armenia, the return of the Azerbaijani troops to their initial positions, the immediate repatriation of the Armenian prisoners of war, as well as the restoration of stability and peace in the region.
Ararat Mirzoyan highlighted the importance of ensuring uninterrupted access of international organizations to Nagorno-Karabakh. The Minister also expressed hope that the Council of Europe will be more firm and consistent in protecting the fundamental rights of the people of Artsakh.
Both sides emphasized the continuous reform process implemented in Armenia within the framework of Armenia-CoE cooperation.
On September 21, Foreign Minister of Armenia Ararat Mirzoyan had a meeting with Foreign Minister of Sweden Ann Linde in New York.
Presenting the details of military aggression of Azerbaijan against the territorial integrity of Armenia since September 13, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia particularly emphasized the need of eliminating its consequences and the international community's targeted and adequate response to the aggressor country, as well as the necessity of restraining the maximalist and aggressive policy pursued by Azerbaijan. The urgency of an appropriate assessment to the war crimes committed by the armed forces of Azerbaijan, in particular, the cases of inhumane treatment of servicewomen, was also emphasized.
The parties touched upon the agenda of Armenian-Swedish bilateral relations, expressing readiness to undertake active steps towards further expansion and development of cooperation. The deepening of collaboration in the sphere of strengthening democratic institutions in Armenia was highlighted. Thoughts were also exchanged on cooperation on international platforms and Armenia-EU partnership. On September 21, within the framework of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia Ararat Mirzoyan had a meeting in New York with Alice Wairimu Nderitu, the Special Advisor of the UN Secretary-General on Genocide Prevention.
Ararat Mirzoyan and Alice Wairimu Nderitu commended the close cooperation with regards to the promotion of the genocide prevention agenda and the fight against xenophobia and discrimination. Minister Mirzoyan emphasized the importance of the special adviser's mandate and expressed readiness to continue effective cooperation under it.
The interlocutors exchanged views on the role of high technologies in the prevention of genocides and crimes against humanity.
Touching upon the situation resulting from the military aggression unleashed by the Azerbaijani armed forces against the sovereign territory of Armenia, Minister Mirzoyan drew the interlocutor's attention to the continuous gross violations of international and humanitarian law by Azerbaijan. The Minister stressed the importance of the international community's targeted response to these crimes and the strengthening of prevention mechanisms.