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Armenia stands for full resumption of the process of settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. This is what Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia Ararat Mirzoyan said in an interview with Nouvelles d'Arménie after asked what geopolitical situation Armenia is in almost a year after the 44-day war.

“The aggression that Azerbaijan unleashed against Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) had severe consequences for the Armenian people and led to the emergence of new challenges in the context of regional security and stability. Although the hostilities were stopped with the trilateral statement of Armenia, Russia and Azerbaijan, the situation remains fragile due to Azerbaijan’s failure to fulfill certain commitments assumed under the statement (distorting certain provisions and continuing to keep prisoners of war and civilians as hostages, etc.) Azerbaijan’s provocations have an impact on not only Armenia, but also other countries of the region. Nevertheless, Armenia continues its efforts to establish lasting stability in the region,” he said.

Asked whether the meeting of the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan in New York (with the participation of the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group) means that the peace process has resumed and what prospects there are for this, Mirzoyan said the following: “In spite of the claims of the top leadership of Azerbaijan that Nagorno-Karabakh and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict don’t exist, the co-chairing countries of the OSCE Minsk Group, as well as several other countries share the Armenian side’s position that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict remains unresolved and that there needs to be a comprehensive settlement through peaceful negotiations under the mandate of the Co-Chairmanship of the OSCE Minsk Group. Armenia stands for full resumption of the process of settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

In this regard, we consider the meetings in New York important; they first and foremost create the opportunity to discuss and seek solutions to urgent humanitarian issues such as the repatriation of all Armenian prisoners of war and civilian hostages, future clarification of the fate of missing servicemen and civilians and preservation of the Armenian cultural and religious heritage in the territories of Artsakh that are currently under Azerbaijan’s control.

The solution to these primary humanitarian issues will help create the necessary conditions to launch substantive talks for a lasting and comprehensive settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, under the mandate of the Co-Chairmanship of the OSCE Minsk Group, based on the known principles and elements, including the right of nations to self-determination,” Mirzoyan mentioned.

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