Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia Zohrab Mnatsakanyan today met with President of the International Committee of the Red Cross Peter Maurer in Geneva. The focus was on the situation created as a result of the large-scale aggression unleashed by Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone.
Minister Mnatsakanyan provided thorough information about Azerbaijan’s hostilities against the people of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) and its gross violations of international humanitarian law, including the Geneva Convention. Mnatsakanyan presented the deliberate targeting of the civilian population and infrastructures of Artsakh and the damage caused as a result of that, the use of weapons banned under international conventions, as well as the degrading treatment, tortures against and murders of the civilian population and prisoners of war of Artsakh.
Touching upon Turkey’s destabilizing policy in the South Caucasus and its ambitions to turn the region into a hotbed for terrorism, the foreign minister stressed that Turkey’s direct military interference in the war unleashed by Azerbaijan and the involvement of foreign militant terrorists from the Middle East pose a serious threat to regional and international security.
The parties underscored the need for implementation of the immediate ceasefire agreements reached on October 10, 17 and 25 and a peaceful resolution of the conflict through the Co-Chairmanship of the OSCE Minsk Group.
Maurer attached importance to the diplomatic efforts for implementation of the ceasefire agreement and fulfillment of the agreement on the collection and exchange of bodies of the victims.