Answers by the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Anna Naghdalyan to the questions of the media

21 May, 2021

Question. It has been more than a week since the Azerbaijani armed forces infiltrated the sovereign territory of Armenia. What is the Foreign Ministry’s position in this regard?

Answer. The imposition of conditions with the threat or use of force is a gross violation of international law. Armenia will not give in to such pressures. Armenia also rejects the fake agenda of so-called "disputed territories", which could set a dangerous precedent for justifying the use of force in other regions as well.

Failing to implement its obligations under the November 9 trilateral statement, particularly in regard with the repatriation of Armenian prisoners of war and civilian captives, as well as other humanitarian issues, Azerbaijan once again demonstrated its behaviour of deliberately undermining its international commitments.

The processes of border delimitation and demarcation between the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan should be part of the comprehensive peace settlement of the conflict, within the framework of which issues of de-occupation of the territories of the Republic of Artsakh and determination of the final legal status of Artsakh under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairmanship should be addressed first.

In this situation, the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of the Azerbaijani armed forces from the sovereign territory of the Republic of Armenia to their positions of May 11 may create necessary conditions for considering the emerging issues through political-diplomatic measures.

Question: How would you assess the international reaction to this situation? 

Answer: Our international partners who stand for international law and are genuinely interested in stability and security in the South Caucasus region, have expressed their unequivocal position implying that Azerbaijan must immediately and unconditionally withdraw its armed forces from the sovereign territory of Armenia.

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