France Calls for Release of all Armenian POWs
The ministry of foreign affairs of France has called for the release of all Armenian prisoners of war who are held captive in Azerbaijan
The ministry of foreign affairs of France has called for the release of all Armenian prisoners of war who are held captive in Azerbaijan
The statements of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs and the messages coming from the Co-Chair countries indicate activation of this format.
The letters in particular state, that the forced evictions carried out by Azerbaijan in Shoushi violate, directly and indirectly, the full spectrum of civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights of the Armenian population enshrined in numerous international instruments.
An Armenian cemetery in the village of Mets Tagher was recently destroyed.
In this situation, all the concerns of the Armenian side that these actions of Azerbaijan are manifestations of vandalism, aimed at depriving the Shushi Mother Cathedral of its Armenian identity are more than substantiated.
Mr. Lacôte noted that the resumption of negotiations for the peaceful settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict is the priority task of the Co-Chairs, as it was stated in their April 13 statement.
Here we have grounds to push this issue forward, Kocharyan stated.
The question is how will the current Armenian authorities be able to take advantage of it...
Aliyev's statements indicate that the Azerbaijani authorities not only continue to threaten with the use of force, but also deliberately incite hatred towards Armenians among their next generations.
While delivering his State of the Nation Address to the Federal Assembly today, Russian President Vladimir Putin has also touched upon Russia’s role in stopping the recent war in Nagorno Karabakh,
The Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute’s Director Harutyun Marutyan told a news conference that the work will be available in foreign languages to the scientific communities of other countries.
According to Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev wants to step back from the agreements and continue the policy of blockading Armenia by his statements showing aspirations towards the territory of Armenia, Pashinyan said in a consultation in Syunik Province of Armeni
The President of Azerbaijan in his interview to the Azerbaijani general television (Azərbaycan Televiziyası) spoke about the entire population of Armenia with open threats of use of force and war on April 20, 2021.
Despite some really important observations, there are a number of problematic points in the statement...
The Co-Chairs note with satisfaction the consolidation of the ceasefire, and are closely monitoring the implementation of the agreement reached by the parties on 9 November 2020.
The issue of Baku’s claims that some debris of Iskander-M missiles have been found in Nagorno-Karabakh is being closely discussed by the Russian and Azerbaijani military, Russian presidential spokesman.
On one hand, the Azerbaijani leadership is making observations about possible revanchisme on the part of Armenia, and on the other hand, with such exhibition, attempts to perpetuate the revanchisme, inhumanity and interethnic hatred. Such steps manifest how far the Azerbaijani leadership stands from its own declarative statements on the post-conflict situation, regional peace and reconciliation," says...
In an interview to the Kommersant, Mr. Karasin stated that the cessation of bloodshed in Nagorno Karabakh and the signing of the trilateral statement on November 9, 2020 were possible thanks to the responsible position of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The Azerbaijani troops, having invaded Maragha, brutally killed and tortured the local civilian population, including women, children, and the elderly.
Fascism is the basis of human rights violations, of violence, and atrocities.
The report states that Azerbaijan’s invasion of Nagorno-Karabakh was conducted “with Turkish support”.
During the April War, Azerbaijan committed numerous war crimes and crimes against humanity, in particular, brutal killings, tortures and inhuman treatment of Armenian prisoners of war and civilians, which were recorded and documented.
Russian FM Sergey Lavrov will discuss the situation in Karabakh during separate meetings with the FMs of Armenia and Azerbaijan on Thursday, the MFA spokesperson Maria Zakharova noted.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan intends to visit Shushi town, which came under Azerbaijani control as a result of the recent military aggression unleashed against Artsakh by Azerbaijan and Turkey,
The FM also added that as a result of international pressure, Azerbaijan realized that the return of prisoners would be an important step towards creating an atmosphere of trust.
The deployment of OSCE observer mission is possible in case of receiving such a request with the consent of all sides. Luxembourg supports that proposal and the OSCE efforts. The OSCE’s function is to prevent and solve conflicts. It has no tool to deal with the investigation of military crimes.
Azerbaijani authorities should investigate all allegations of ill-treatment and hold those responsible to account.
Taking the opportunity, the Armenian Prime Minister and the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office discussed the regional situation and the prospects for continued cooperation.
David Babayan expressed hope that the international community would support Artsakh in solving such pressing problems as rendering assistance to those displaced as a result of the war and preserving the Armenian cultural heritage in the territories occupied by Azerbaijan.
It is reminded that since the end of the war, a total of 1,499 bodies of fallen soldiers and civilians have been recovered from the former combat zones.
Azerbaijan is withholding information regarding the Armenian prisoners of war also from the European Court of Human Rights, which is dealing with the matter in the framework of proceedings under the interstate case of Armenia vs Azerbaijan.
The practical aspects of the implementation of agreements on Nagorno Karabakh provided by November 9, 2020 and January 11, 2021 trilateral statements were discussed. It was recorded with satisfaction that the ceasefire regime is strictly respected and the regional situation remains stable and calm.
As a result, the enemy was able to successfully pass through the minefields during the war. Under the pretext of studying dangerous areas, the company carried out reconnaissance operations throughout the territory of Artsakh.
Armenian Caucus leaders circulated a letter to their U.S. House colleagues asking them to join as original cosponsors of the measure, set to be introduced in the next week.
Indeed, Azerbaijan is detaining such persons for the very purpose of leverage to promote its position in the ongoing implementation of its strategic objectives against the Republic of Artsakh and the Republic of Armenia.
Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan held a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The total number of bodies found in the course of search work and transferred by Azerbaijan was 1,485.
In this context, Minister Aivazian reiterated the commitment of the Armenian side to continue the efforts for a peaceful settlement under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairmanship, as the only internationally mandated format for mediation to the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
The Co-Chairs engaged with each minister in a lengthy and substantive exchange of The Co-Chairs spoke separately by video conference with Armenian Foreign Minister Ara Aivazian and Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov on 16 February. The Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office (PRCiO) Andrzej Kasprzyk also participated in the calls.
Arman Tatoyan, The Human Rights Defender of Armenia, published a video, that proves the fact of firing of villages in the Syunik province of Armenia by bAzerbaijani armed forces.
The Troika has strong international support and can be helpful in developing mutually acceptable approaches to further steps, including in status issues; but carefully, not rushing, when the time comes.
“A new exchange of prisoners took place,” the general told reporters. “As a result of the implemented work, 1 captive was taken to Baku and 5 captives were returned to Yerevan.”
So far 1,367 bodies were found during the search works.
Armenia’s Human Rights Defender (Ombudsman) Arman Tatoyan has presented an important historical fact regarding the right of Armenians of Artsakh to self-determination.
Last year’s war between Armenia and Azerbaijan was a terrible human tragedy...
Today the search operations will be carried out in Hadrut region”, he said.
The dispatch of ultra-right neo-fascist forces to the occupied territories of the Republic of Artsakh, as well as the use of international terrorists during the period of armed aggression against Artsakh, are links in the same chain in Turkey's expansionist policy towards not only Artsakh and the South Caucasus, but also to the neighboring regions.
He added that "it is a huge work that both Armenia and Azerbaijan should be very grateful for to the Russian president."
Forensic examination will be carried out to identify them.
"This would contribute to building confidence between both countries which is important for lasting peace in the region," Stano added.
So far, a total of 1329 bodies have been found as a result of the search operations, 15 of which are civilians according to preliminary data.
Since the end of the 2020 Artsakh war, a total of 1,321 bodies of fallen soldiers and civilians have been found during the search operations.
Minister Aivazian emphasized that only lasting peace, which addresses the interests of all, can create real guarantees for the promotion of security, stability and development in the region.
Attached to the letters was the report of the Office of the Human Rights Defender of the Republic of Artsakh on vandalism against the Armenian cultural heritage in the occupied territories of the Republic of Artsakh and the threat of destruction of Armenian monuments․
From the Russian side the participant in the negotiations will be Alexey Overchuk, from the Armenian Mher Grigoryan and from Azerbaijani Sahin Mustafayev.
A stable operational situation with no incidents has been maintained along the Armenian-Azerbaijani line of contact of the Armenian state border overnight January 24-25, the Defense Ministry of Armenia announced, Armenpress reports.
So far, a total of 1283 bodies have been found in the battle zones as a result of the search operations. 15 of them are civilians who either have been murdered or killed in shelling.
The main issue here is that the same words are used in the mentioned publications as the Azerbaijani authorities and cultural figures. Moreover, both Azerbaijani and Turkish sources are in these publications.
The bodies are unrecognizable. Forensic medicine expert examination has been designated to identify them.
We welcome the European Parliament's support for the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairmen for a comprehensive settlement of the conflict founded on the Basic Principles proposed by the international mediators.
"President Aliyev probably heard about my publication?" My response to Baku is: "Release the Armenian prisoners of war," Buczek wrote in an accompanying message to the screenshot.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Artsakh invites to undertake urgent measures to ensure Azerbaijan’s implementation of the Geneva Conventions and to require official Baku to fulfill its obligations to guarantee all of the rights afforded to both prisoners of war and civilians, being kept in detention by Azerbaijan.
“I am hopeful that the emotions will now be pushed back. By the way this is the reason why now is not the best time to push the subject of Nagorno Karabakh status as a priority, it remains for future,” he said.
Discovered explosive objects and unexploded ammunition are removed and destroyed at a specially equipped landfill. Ammunition that cannot be evacuated is destroyed on the spot with all necessary safety measures provided during blasting operations.
According to him, the bodies of a total of 1,238 fallen service
“If a need emerges in the future, Turkey will reach an agreement with Azerbaijan and always provide the necessary support,” the Turkish minister added.
The misappropriation and distortion of the cultural values of the Armenian people, the violation of the rights of the Armenian people do not contribute to regional peace.
"A comprehensive exchange of views on the future joint efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-chair countries took place'', reads the statement.
On January 13, the Iranian athlete delivered his gold medal to Gor Shahverdyan, third secretary of the Embassy of Armenia in the I.R. of Iran to be presented to Sukiasyans in Armenia.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Artsakh strongly condemns the provocative steps of the Azerbaijani side and qualifies them as an action aimed at destabilizing the situation in the Azerbaijan-Karabakh conflict zone and disrupting the peacekeeping efforts.
During the conversation sides also touched upon the agenda of Armenian-Russian allied cooperation.
Vladimir Putin briefed on the main results of the trilateral meeting of the leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia on Monday in Moscow, which reviewed the implementation of the Nagorno-Karabakh statement as of November 9, 2020.
So far from November 13 till today 1,229 bodies were found during the search works.
The ombudsman stressed that the Armenian military in Artsakh protects the civilian population, and its presence there should be considered in the context of the genocidal policy by the Azerbaijani authorities.
A joint statement was issued following the trilateral meeting held between RA Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, RF President Vladimir Putin and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in Moscow.
“Unfortunately, today we have not managed to solve the issue of prisoners of war. This is the most sensitive and painful issue. We have agreed to continue working on it,” Pashinyan said.
Both Aliyev and Pashinyan received hugs as they were greeted by Putin, however, the two leaders didn't shake hands and gave only head nods.
Yesterday the search groups entered Kovsakan (Zangelan) via Syunik Province and retrieved bodies of 14 servicemen.
The French President expressed support for Russia’s efforts in facilitating settlement in Nagorno-Karabakh.
The working meeting took place in a bordering neutral zone close to Yeraskh community of Armenia's Ararat province.
The consistent and deliberate violations of the trilateral statement by Azerbaijan seriously undermine the full implementation of the statement, and poses new challenges for regional security and peace.
Thanks to search operations, the remains of a total of 1,197 servicemen and civilians have been found and retrieved so far from the areas of the [recent] military actions.
In particular, the speech used open threats against Armenia and the Armenian society, expressions threatening the entire Armenian people and insulting their dignity.
"Today search efforts continue in the direction of Hadrut, Jabrayil and the upper sub-region of Askeran," Tadevosyan said, adding that 1,194 bodies have been detected to this day, and among them there are bodies of civilians as well.
The search operations continue in Talish-Mataghis, Hadrut region and Fizuli directions, Armenpress reports.
"At this point, I can neither deny nor confirm. When such a meeting is planned, we will provide proper information," Gevorgyan said.
The Armenian servicemen captured by Azerbaijani soldiers should be immediately released and returned to Armenia. This must be done immediately and without any precondition since they have the status of prisoners of war.
"The situation in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone tends to be settled," he said.
"Our joint opinion is that the situation in Nagorno Karabakh should not be used for the infiltration of foreign mercenaries to that region. We have completely the same position here with our Turkish partners", the Russian FM said.
"We failed to do it. The alternative to the wrong policies pursued by the authorities of Armenia was the war against Azerbaijan and Turkey,"
This is a step that is absolutely reprehensible and with a clear intention to intimidate the civilians—first of all taking into account the torture, inhuman treatment, and other war crimes, ethnic cleansing that the Azerbaijani armed forces have committed against our people, especially during and after the September-November 2020 war.
Defense army confirmed that yesterday during the whole day and till now neither of its subdivisions have been involved in any military actions and the Armenian side has not fired any shot.
The Artsakh Defense Army is strictly adhering to the ceasefire, no unit has taken part in any action in the given section, moreover, no emergency incident relating to the Artsakh Defense Army units was recorded.
Besides, some evidence suggests that Azerbaijani reconnaissance UAVs were flying at the scene before and during the strikes which means that the journalists were fully visible and distinct by the Azerbaijani armed forces.
The Prime Minister answered a number of questions of interest to the volunteers, which bore on the cases of desertion and betrayal during the war...
The main purpose of the visit is to contribute to the return of Armenian captives from Azerbaijan.
This document presents only the confirmed cases on indisputable grounds, but the staff of the Human Rights Ombudsman of Artsakh also received incomplete information on other alleged cases, which have not yet been fully verified.
The sides also discussed a number of bilateral and international pressing issues.
Beglaryan stated that the issue of temporary shelters should be solved for these people at first.
Humanitarian problems, connected to repatriation of refugees, restoration of infrastructure, preservation of religious and cultural memorials were named as the most pressing issues.
The Congressional request for the Artsakh report is included in the Fiscal Year 2021 (FY2021) foreign aid bill (H.R.133), adopted by the House in parallel to the COVID-19 stimulus package earlier Monday.
Defense Army reports that the circumstances of their death are yet unknown.
Speaking about Russia’s position he said that the regulation must be without bloodshed.
"Russia is doing everything possible to establish peace in the region. We assume that the parties to the conflict are also interested in that goal," Zakharova said.
The Artsakh military said it will provide updates on the search operations.
He added that at the moment, Yeghtsahogh village was under the control of Armenian forces.
Recalling the 3 December OSCE ministerial statement in Tirana by the Minsk Group Co-Chair country heads of delegation, the Co-Chairs reiterate their united position in favor of comprehensive and sustainable settlement of all remaining core substantive issues.
The provocative actions of the Azerbaijani side continued on December 13 in the direction of the villages of Mets Shen and Hin Shen of the Shushi region.
It added that on Monday captives and hostages have already been transported to Azerbaijan, including Sahbaz Guliyev and Dilgam Askerov convicted in Nagorno Karabakh for murder and sabotage.
The Kremlin spokesperson said that such incidents are an additional burden for the Russian peacekeepers. "A really alarming situation happened, but it was very quickly neutralized," Peskov added.
Issues related to the post-war situation, the resumption of the negotiation process, the reinstatement of the rights of Artsakh-based Armenians and their safety were discussed during the meeting.
Minister Aivazian once again drew the attention of the Co-Chairs to Azerbaijan’s behavior of violating its obligations under the trilateral statement.
As of that day, it is likely that not all the bodies of our martyrs will be found. We will have many unrecognized bodies, but this kind of state decision can no longer be postponed.
“A case of skirmish from automatic firearms has been recorded in Hadrut region. Via direct communication line the parties were reported about the demand to fully observe the ceasefire regime,” he said.
The subdivisions are taking proportionate actions to suppress the enemy's activity, the Armenian defense ministry reported.
The total number of Armenian casualties since the launch of hostilities in Karabakh by Azerbaijan on September 27 reached 1815.
“It is necessary to understand that not Armenia but Azerbaijan refused the Kazan talks,” the ex-official reminded.
“As of this moment 2996 bodies were medically examined,” Armenian health ministry spokesperson Alina Nikoghosyan told Armenpress.
The declaration of September 2, 1991, on the proclamation of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic as well as the independence referendum of December 10, 1991, serve as the legal basis of Artsakh's statehood and the highest manifestation of its people's will.
There is an urgent need to initiate a final settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, to ensure strong security for the local population and to determine its status.
"They have a status of defendants and are remanded into custody," the committee’s spokesperson Rima Yeganyan told ARMENPRESS.
US co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group Andrew Schofer will visit Armenia and Azerbaijan this weekend...
The Office of the Third President of the Republic of Armenia accepts the publication of the recording as a fact and will refrain from commenting on a closed-door meeting just as it has been the case until now.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held phone talks during which they discussed their willingness for future cooperation within the scope of the OSCE Minsk Group.
“Russia will assist in exchange of captives between Armenia and Azerbaijan,” Lavrov stated after the meeting with Armenia’s counterpart Ara Aivazian.
Doctors say the burns of various degrees most of the people received from the first days of the war were different from the cases they had encountered in their practice before.
The commander of the Russian contingent, Rustam Muradov, held talks with the Azerbaijani side, during which they managed to achieve the release of these citizens.
According to him, "this conflict cannot be resolved on the battlefield, and although we welcome the ceasefire, this is only the first step."
The National Assembly of France adopted a resolution today on the urgent need to recognize Nagorno Karabakh (Artsakh). 188 MPs voted in favor of the resolution and 3 MPs against it.
The Co-Chair countries of the OSCE Minsk Group call upon Armenia and Azerbaijan to continue implementing fully their obligations under the November 9 statement, in Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts, as well as their previous ceasefire commitments.
The situation in the CSTO area of responsibility did not go without problems and was uneasy, overall, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated during the CSTO summit on Wednesday.
The total number of Armenian casualties since the launch of hostilities in Karabakh by Azerbaijan on September 27 reached 1746.
We are constantly updating our lists of prisoners of war based on information collected through published videos and evidence presented by families, as well as testimonies, calls and other proofs. We are conducting a separate fact finding activity in terms of interned and forced disappearances of civilian persons, whose number reached around 40.
It is a fact that there are objective difficulties...
Troops of Russia’s peacekeeping contingent are ensuring security of vehicle traffic and movement of citizens via the Lachin corridor in Nagorno-Karabakh
“Without elaborating, I can say that agreements were changed, we’ve received security guarantees. Under my direct responsibility we stopped evacuation in these settlements and we will remain in place,” he said.
The Defense Army of Artsakh published list of 34 servicemen killed while defending homeland. By now Armenian side published names of 1,712 servicemen killed during the war.
Nikol Pashinyan gave an interview to the Russian TASS news agency. Below is the full transcript of the Prime Minister’s interview:
“The residents of Charektar have mainly taken their items and burned their homes, and nobody knows if they will return or if a military base will be deployed in the village,” the village head told Armenian News-NEWS.am.
“The modalities of joint work along the lines of the joint monitoring center" were also at the focus, Peskov added.
The Prime Minister listened to those present and answered their questions. Reference was made to the activities of the recently established interdepartmental working group.
Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan met with members of families of Armenian servicemen and civilians missing or captured in the Artsakh war.
In the area of the community of Madagiz, a mine exploded during the search.
The second plane is expected to arrive in Armenia on November 27.
Thanks to the efforts and actions undertaken by the top leadership of the Russian Federation, it was possible to stop the bloodshed in the Azerbaijani-Karabakh conflict zone.
The coronavirus death toll reached 1952 (+21), deaths among Covid-19 patients from other illnesses reached 501 (+3).
The total number of Armenian casualties since the launch of hostilities in Karabakh by Azerbaijan on September 27 reached 1678.
The world community has no right to reconcile with a situation resulting from the armed aggression of an alliance of two authoritarian and genocidal states, as well as international terrorists whose actions do not fit into the legal and moral norms of the civilized world.
The total number of Armenian casualties since the launch of hostilities in Karabakh by Azerbaijan on September 27 reached 1637.
“France is ready to provide, within the framework of UNESCO, with the Alliance for the Protection of Heritage in Conflicts, its expertise and full support for the protection of the cultural and religious heritage of Nagorno-Karabakh and its surroundings,” Macron said.