Russia urges Armenia to fully observe ceasefire

By Monitoring Desk
Tuesday – October 13, 2020
MOSCOW (Russia): The Russian foreign minister (FM) Sergey Lavrov in talks with Armenian FM Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, Monday, observed that the Armenian-Azerbaijani humanitarian ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone is not being honoured in full and that hostilities have not stopped.

According to a press release, Russian FM Lavrov met with Armenian FM Mnatsakanyan, who called on him in the Russian capital.

He said, “We spent last Friday and part of Saturday to agree on a humanitarian ceasefire with you and our Azerbaijani colleague” reminding “An important agreement was reached, in this regard, at the initiative of Russian president Vladimir Putin.”

Russian FM Lavrov observed, “However, we can see that the humanitarian ceasefire is not being honoured in full and that hostilities have not stopped.”

He said, “We hope that our contacts with you and our Azerbaijani neighbours, including at the level of our defence ministries, will help us to ensure full compliance with the agreements that have been coordinated in the trilateral format.”

Russian FM Lavrov stated, “We have met to hold planned talks, your visit, which was coordinated a long time ago, is taking place amid the serious efforts to defuse tension in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone in which many members of the international community are involved.”

Earlier, the Turkish foreign office (FO), in a press release on Sunday, strongly condemned the rocket attacks of Armenia on Ganja, the second largest city of Azerbaijan, early in the morning — on Sunday — in violation of the humanitarian ceasefire.

This attack, the Turkish statement continued, which we learnt hit an apartment building in Ganja 100 kilo-meters (kms) away from the conflict zone, caused 9 civilian deaths and wounded 39 others, is the latest example of the provocations of Armenian administration to widen the conflict outside of the Azerbaijani territories under occupation.

At the same time, this attack once again shows that Armenia does not shy away from violating international humanitarian law for continuing its illegitimate occupation and does not understand the meaning of ceasefire.

The aggressive actions of Armenia are not surprising and constitute a clear manifestation of its well-known occupying and offensive mentality. It is time for the international community to say stop to this lawlessness.

We wish God’s mercy upon the Azerbaijani martyrs who lost their lives, speedy recovery to the wounded and convey our condolences to the brotherly Azerbaijan. Turkey stands with Azerbaijan as always, the Turkish statement concluded.

Earlier, the Russian FM Lavrov held talks, on Saturday as per a press release, with Armenian FM Mnatsakanyan along-with Azerbaijani FM Ceyhun Bayramov and agreed on humanitarian ceasefire declared for 12 pm on October 10, 2020, to exchange prisoners of war (PoWs) and other detained persons, as well as the remains of the dead, in accordance with the criteria of the mediator, the international committee of the red cross (ICRC).

Separately, the Pakistani foreign office (FO), in a press release on Saturday, appreciated that the recently announced ceasefire between Azerbaijan and Armenia is a positive development for peace and stability.

The Pakistani statement continued, we hope that the humanitarian conditions agreed upon by the parties will be honoured.

Pakistan believes that sustainable peace between the two parties will depend on the complete and comprehensive implementation of the United Nations (UN) Security Council (UNSC) resolutions and withdrawal of Armenian forces from Azerbaijani territories.

In this endeavour, Pakistan will continue to stand by the brotherly nation of Azerbaijan, the Pakistani statement concluded.

Meanwhile, the Russian president Putin in a telephone conversation, as per a press release, with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani, on Saturday at Iran’s initiative, informed Iranian president about the efforts currently underway with Russia’s mediation to de-escalate the tensions in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone.

Iranian president Rouhani expressed support for the agreement reached following the trilateral consultations by the foreign ministers of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia on a ceasefire for humanitarian reasons as well as on the launch of substantive talks aimed at reaching a prompt peaceful settlement.

The two leaders also considered the developments around the joint comprehensive plan of action (JCPoA), and noted the importance of preserving the international agreement, which is essential for international security.