Artsakh Appreciates Discussion of Humanitarian Issues but Is Skeptical

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The spokesperson for the president of Artsakh Davit Babayan is satisfied with the meeting of the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan in Moscow. He told Armenpress that issues earlier proposed by Artsakh were discussed and agreed on.

“The meeting is satisfactory. We have always stated that we value such meetings from the point of view of maintaining peace and stability in the region and to continue the negotiations. Agreements reached at this meeting were very interesting. Official Stepanakert has expressed some ideas for years on. About 11 years ago official Stepanakert submitted to the co-chairs a package of important measures with a view to stability. They were appreciated by the co-chairs but no steps were taken by Azerbaijan. And it is very interesting and very good that now this specific idea has been included in the proposal of the co-chairs,” Babayan said.

He noted that the package proposed withdrawal of snipers, non-breach of ceasefire on holidays, as well as some humanitarian steps, in particular, they had proposed refraining from ceasefire violations during harvest because the Azerbaijani side used to fire in the direction of the farms in Artsakh during the harvest, causing fires.

Commenting on the agreement to allow visits of relatives to persons held in custody on both sides, Babayan said Artsakh is ready but Azerbaijan should take its step.

“In Artsakh there are only 2 Azerbaijanis held in custody, both are terrorists and criminals. They are part of the criminal gang that penetrated to the territory of Artsakh, committed murders, violence. However, these people have a chance to contact their relatives. They regularly contact their relatives via Skype or otherwise. And if Azerbaijan does not set obstacles, and our relatives have a chance to go and see their relatives, Artsakh is ready to allow. If it is reciprocal, Artsakh is ready. We have nothing to hide, nothing to fear. This shows our power, our civility,” Babayan said.

He also noted that Artsakh is ready for such steps but does not revise its approach and question its security and future.



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