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Armenia’s Deputy FM Ashot Hovakimian, who was on a working visit to Geneva between Tuesday and Thursday, addressed at the 19 Session of the Human Rights Council on Thursday.  

Hovakimian reflected on the prevention of genocides, and specifically underscored the role of education in preventing crimes against humanity—including genocides—and the need to condemn such crimes.    

In his intervention, Hovakimian also looked into the principle of the people’s right for self-determination, and stressed that the people of Nagorno-Karabakh have achieved this right and joined the fundamental instruments of international law. Ashot Hovakimian expressed a conviction that the respective UN agencies, in their turn, will be present everywhere and will defend and encourage human rights.         

Within the framework of his visit to Geneva, Armenia’s Deputy FM also held bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Vietnam and Lithuania. They discussed the avenues for cooperation within international organizations.

In Geneva, Ashot Hovakimian also met with Andrey Vasilyev, Acting Executive Secretary of UN Economic Commission for Europe, and Nick Bonvoisin, Secretary to the Espoo Convention on Environmental Assessment. The interlocutors underscored Armenia’s cooperation with the said Commission, and examined Armenia’s implementation of the terms of international agreements signed within the framework of this organization.

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