March 16, 2021 - 19:16 AMT
Pashinyan responds to Azeri President's "aggressive, destructive" rhetoric

The aggressive and destructive statements by the President of Azerbaijan do not contribute to establishing lasting peace and stability in the region in any way, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said at a meeting with the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde on Tuesday, March 16.

Pashinyan believes only constructive efforts will bring lasting peace to the region․ He stressed that many issues remain unresolved, including the status of Nagorno Karabakh, humanitarian problems, the protection of the rights of the Armenians of Artsakh (Karabakh), and the identity of cultural heritage. The Armenian PM stressed the important role of the OSCE in this regard.

Pashinyan cited the repatriation of all Armenian prisoners of war as a priority, maintaining that the trilateral statement from November 9 must be fulfilled without preconditions.

The Prime Minister stressed that the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is possible only within the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairmanship and called for intensifying the activity of the Minsk Group in the resumption of the peace process and a comprehensive settlement.

A similar thought was expressed by Foreign Minister Ara Aivazian earlier on Tuesday.