Azerbaijan challenging the trust-building efforts of international mediators

The Armenian side has always supported the humanitarian contacts between the societies of the region, which should be based on mutual respect and tolerance, Spokesperson for the Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Anna Naghdayan has said.

The comments come after representative of the Foreign Ministry of Russia stated that the Russian side has always supported the implementation of the humanitarian contacts between the Armenian and Azerbaijani societies.

“We highly commend Russia’s efforts aimed at establishing peace and stability in the region. The Armenian side has always supported the humanitarian contacts between the societies of the region, which should be based on mutual respect and tolerance and be aimed at creating mutual trust. Certainly, relevant prerequisites should be established for such programs,” Naghdalyan said.

She added that the statements of the leadership of Azerbaijan in recent days demonstrate that Azerbaijan is not yet ready for that.

Furthermore, she noted, creating obstacles for the repatriation of the Armenian prisoners of war, issuing a stamp glorifying the ethnic cleansing of , as well as the consistent threats being voiced by President Aliyev attest to the fact that Azerbaijan is challenging the trust-building efforts of international mediators. 

“The provocative statements made by the President of Azerbaijan in Shushi, as well as the attempts to present the Holy Savior Ghazanchetsots Church, which had been targeted during the war, as a “war prize and symbol of victory” are particularly deplorable,” the Spokesperson said.

“These realities prove that the conflict is still far from being resolved, and the peace process is necessary to establish lasting peace in the region,” she concluded.  

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