May 21, 2022 - 16:10 AMT
Karabakh conflict cannot be resolved by force, Armenia says

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict cannot be resolved by force, Armenia's Deputy Prime Minister Mher Grigoryan said at a meeting of the Council of Heads of Government of the CIS member states on Friday, May 20.

Grigoryan said the Armenian side supports the mediating role of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmanship in advancing the peace process aimed at an exclusively political and diplomatic settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

"The Government of Armenia is committed to the strict implementation of the obligations enshrined in the trilateral statements of the leaders of Armenia, Russia and Azerbaijan dated November 9, 2020, January 11 and November 26, 2021," Grigoryan said.

"Among a number of unresolved problems, the most acute one is the issue of Armenian prisoners of war and other persons held by Azerbaijan after a large-scale military aggression against the people of Nagorno-Karabakh, which was stopped thanks to the mediation of Russia and the deployment of a Russian peacekeeping contingent. According to information confirmed by the Azerbaijani side alone, 38 Armenian servicemen and civilians are still in Azerbaijani captivity, contrary to their obligations, which is a violation of the norms and principles of international humanitarian law."

"Regarding the five principles raised by the Azerbaijani side, I should note that the Armenian side announced six points with additional principles reflecting the approaches of the Armenian side to a comprehensive settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict."

Armenia's Ambassador at-large Edmon Marukyan earlier published Yerevan's response to Azerbaijan's five-point proposal on normalization of relations between the two countries. Azerbaijan in mid-March disclosed the contents of its single-page proposal on normalization of relations with Armenia, which contains five "principles", including "the mutual recognition of sovereignty, territorial integrity, inviolability of international borders and political independence of each other." In response, Armenia sent a proposal of its own, containing six clauses.