Phone conversation of the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Canada

18 October, 2020

On October 18, Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan held a phone conversation with Foreign Minister of Canada François-Philippe Champagne.

The Foreign Ministers discussed the situation in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone resulting from the full-fledged aggression instigated by Azerbaijan. Minister Mnatsakanyan especially emphasized the unacceptability of the war crimes committed by Azerbaijan, including the continuous targeting of the civilian population and vital infrastructure of Artsakh, the shelling of places of worship and cultural monuments, as well as inhuman attitude towards Armenian prisoners of war under the control of the Azerbaijani armed forces.

Touching upon the agreements on a ceasefire, Minister Mnatsakanyan stressed Azerbaijan's destructive approach to non-implementation of the agreements reached. The Foreign Minister of the Republic of Armenia reiterated Armenia’s position on the strengthening of the ceasefire regime and peaceful settlement of the conflict.

Welcoming the humanitarian truce, agreed on October 17, Minister Champagne stressed the need to maintain and implement it, as well as to introduce the respective verification mechanisms. Expressing his support for the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs, the Canadian Foreign Minister stressed the need for non-interference of the external regional players in the conflict.

Minister Mnatsakanyan, in his turn, highly appreciated the principled decision of the Canadian leadership to suspend the export of strategic goods to Turkey within the framework of the ongoing investigation. Zohrab Mnatsakanyan noted that it is possible to oppose Turkey's expansionist policy only through the resolute and active efforts of the international community.

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