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Armenia: Attempts to question trilateral statement on ceasefire 'unacceptable' - Lavrov 03:14

Armenia: Attempts to question trilateral statement on ceasefire 'unacceptable' - Lavrov

Armenia, Yerevan
November 21, 2020 at 13:08 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that attempts, both domestically and internationally, to question the trilateral ceasefire statement were "unacceptable," in Yerevan on Saturday.

According to Lavrov, representatives of the Russian inter-ministerial delegation and the Armenian prime-minister Nikol Pashinyan are currently focused on implementing tasks to ensure the joint declaration is upheld. The declaration, which was signed by the leaders of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan on November 9, provides framework for the peacekeeping operation and humanitarian activity to support local civilians. The leaders agreed that this declaration was the only way to avoid further war in the region.

"It was unanimously stressed that any attempts to question this statement not only inside the country but also abroad are unacceptable, and we confirmed our determination to do everything in order to make this statement work," Lavrov said.

Russian Foreign Minister also added that the parties commended the work of Russian peacekeepers in the region and praised President Putin Russian for his role in the humanitarian response.

"The International Red Cross Committee has been actively involved here. We are interested that the UN showed the same initiative on the matter. We received an appeal to this effect from the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. We have the similar appeal from the High Commissioner for Refugees, from the representatives of the World Food Programme, we are also cooperating with UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), the UN Development Programme and, of course, UNESCO," added Lavrov.

Earlier on Saturday, a Russian delegation including Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Overchuk, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko, Emergencies Minister Yevgeny Zinichev and Head of Rospotrebnadzor Anna Popova arrived in Yerevan, where talks will be held on how to implement the ceasefire. The delegation will also visit Baku.

Following weeks of hostilities, Armenia and Azerbaijan signed a Russian-brokered deal to end fighting over the Nagorno-Karabakh region on November 9.

Under the terms of the deal, 1,960 Russian peacekeepers have been deployed in the disputed region to monitor the ceasefire.

The agreement also sees Azerbaijan obtaining control of the territory taken in the most recent fighting, and Armenia relinquishing control of further areas held since the Nagorno-Karabakh War in 1994.

Armenia: Attempts to question trilateral statement on ceasefire 'unacceptable' - Lavrov 03:14
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that attempts, both domestically and internationally, to question the trilateral ceasefire statement were "unacceptable," in Yerevan on Saturday.

According to Lavrov, representatives of the Russian inter-ministerial delegation and the Armenian prime-minister Nikol Pashinyan are currently focused on implementing tasks to ensure the joint declaration is upheld. The declaration, which was signed by the leaders of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan on November 9, provides framework for the peacekeeping operation and humanitarian activity to support local civilians. The leaders agreed that this declaration was the only way to avoid further war in the region.

"It was unanimously stressed that any attempts to question this statement not only inside the country but also abroad are unacceptable, and we confirmed our determination to do everything in order to make this statement work," Lavrov said.

Russian Foreign Minister also added that the parties commended the work of Russian peacekeepers in the region and praised President Putin Russian for his role in the humanitarian response.

"The International Red Cross Committee has been actively involved here. We are interested that the UN showed the same initiative on the matter. We received an appeal to this effect from the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. We have the similar appeal from the High Commissioner for Refugees, from the representatives of the World Food Programme, we are also cooperating with UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), the UN Development Programme and, of course, UNESCO," added Lavrov.

Earlier on Saturday, a Russian delegation including Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Overchuk, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko, Emergencies Minister Yevgeny Zinichev and Head of Rospotrebnadzor Anna Popova arrived in Yerevan, where talks will be held on how to implement the ceasefire. The delegation will also visit Baku.

Following weeks of hostilities, Armenia and Azerbaijan signed a Russian-brokered deal to end fighting over the Nagorno-Karabakh region on November 9.

Under the terms of the deal, 1,960 Russian peacekeepers have been deployed in the disputed region to monitor the ceasefire.

The agreement also sees Azerbaijan obtaining control of the territory taken in the most recent fighting, and Armenia relinquishing control of further areas held since the Nagorno-Karabakh War in 1994.

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