October 3, 2022 - 12:28 AMT
Armenia encourages discussion mechanism between Karabakh and Azerbaijan

Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan has stressed the position of Yerevan on the withdrawal of Azerbaijani troops from the sovereign territory of Armenia and the immediate release of all Armenian prisoners of war.

Mirzoyan made the remarks at a meeting with his Azerbaijani counterpart Jeyhun Bayramov met in Geneva on Sunday, October 2.

During the meeting, the importance of introducing international mechanisms for border control was highlighted, according to a statement from the Armenian Foreign Ministry.

Mirzoyan emphasised that the war crimes committed by the Azerbaijani armed forces should receive a clear assessment by international bodies, and the criminals should be brought to justice.

In footage published online over the weekend, Azerbaijani troops are seen murdering a number of unarmed Armenian prisoners of war during Baku’s latest unprovoked attack in mid-September.

The sides exchanged views on the peace treaty between Armenia and Azerbaijan, ensuring the rights and security guarantees for the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh, including through the establishment of a discussion mechanism between Stepanakert and Baku.

The sides “positively assessed” the mutual understanding on unblocking of the regional transport routes under the sovereignty and jurisdiction of the countries.

The latest round of fighting between the two countries began in the wee hours of September 13, when the Azerbaijani military attacked Armenian posts and shelled Armenian settlements both on the border and deep behind the frontline. More than 200 people are dead or missing as a result, the Security Council of Armenia said on Monday.