U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Lynne M. Tracy has said that the American side is making efforts to promote the repatriation of Armenian prisoners of war.
Tracy made the remarks at a meeting with the speaker of the Armenian National Assembly Ararat Mirzoyan on Wednesday, March 3, which was also attended by the Head of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Armenia David Hoffman.
Mirzoyan briefed the two on the situation after the adoption of the statement on ceasefire and stressed that the issue of the return of prisoners of war and captives is a priority for the Armenian side. The Speaker expressed hope that the U.S. would actively get involved in the urgent settlement of the matter. Mirzoyan also added that the status of Nagorno-Karabakh based on the right of peoples’ to self-determination has not been determined yet.
Ambassador Tracy noted that the American side is making efforts to facilitate the return of POWs, while Hoffman unveiled the USAID's various programmes aimed at the development of the parliament’s capacities.
During the talks the parties weighed in on issues of mutual interest. Also, they stressed the importance of easing the political situation in Armenia.
Armenia is facing a serious political crisis after the country's top military brass demanded Pashinyan's resignation. The PM, claimed, however, that he had already dismissed the chief of the Army General Staff. On March 2, President Armen Sarkissian decided to not sign a draft decree on Gasparyan's dismissal, but file an application with the Constitutional Court to determine whether the law "On Military Service and Status of Military Servant" from November 15, 2017 complies with the Armenian Constitution.