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Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia Zohrab Mnatskanayan today held phone talks with Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) of the Swiss Confederation, Federal Advisor Ignazio Cassis, the Armenian MFA reported.

The interlocutors touched upon the situation created in the region as a result of the large-scale war going on in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh).

In this context, the Armenian foreign minister called his Swiss counterpart’s attention to the facts of several violations of international humanitarian law and war crimes recorded throughout the Azerbaijani aggression which unequivocally attest to the fact that the ultimate goal of Azerbaijan’s military-political leadership is to annihilate the indigenous people of Artsakh.

Minister Mnatsakanyan stated that Armenia values the balanced statement by the FDFA in which the latter strictly condemned the gross violations of international humanitarian law during the hostilities.

Mnatsakanyan also touched upon the statements adopted on October 10 and 17 through the consistent efforts of the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group and reaffirmed Armenia’s commitment to implementation of the agreements.

Ignazio Cassis reaffirmed Switzerland’s support to the efforts of the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group for a peaceful settlement of the issue, and both parties underscored the need for immediate cessation of hostilities.

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