YEREVAN, October 29. /ARKA/. Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and Jeyhun Bayramov will meet in Geneva on October 30, Maria Zakharova, the official representative of the Russian foreign ministry said Thursday.
She recalled that on October 23 in Washington, separate meetings of the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan with the US secretary of state and the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs were held, and as a result, the parties confirmed their intention to restore the humanitarian ceasefire from 8 am on October 26.
“Unfortunately, another attempt by the world community to stop hostilities within the specified time frame was not crowned with success. To discuss further steps, an agreement was reached on another meeting Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers with the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs in Geneva on October 30,” Zakharova said.
She said that the Russian side is extremely worried about the deaths of civilians on both sides during the conflict.
“From the very beginning, we tried to achieve an early ceasefire and transfer the situation into a political and diplomatic channel. Tomorrow in Geneva, representatives of Armenia and Azerbaijan will meet with the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, the agenda of the meeting will also include issues related to international humanitarian law,” Zakharova said.
In particular, according to her, the parties will discuss the implementation of the agreements that were reached in Moscow on October 10 – a ceasefire, exchange of prisoners and the bodies of the dead.
War in Artsakh
Since September 27, Azerbaijani troops have been carrying out military aggression along the entire length of the contact line in Artsakh, conducting artillery and rocket attacks, including against civilians and civilian infrastructures. Strikes were also carried out at civilian and military targets on the territory of Armenia.
The Azerbaijani side is supported by the Turkish Armed Forces and the foreign terrorist mercenaries recruited by it. The Turkish-Azerbaijani aggression encounters a decisive rebuff from the Armenian Armed Forces along the entire frontline.
According to the official reports on the Armenian side, Azerbaijan sustains huge losses in manpower. Its death toll since the beginning of the war is 6,854. Also 223UAVs, 16 helicopters and 25 aircraft have been downed as well as 632 armored vehicles and 6 TOS units have been destroyed since the beginning of war. More than 1,110 Armenian servicemen have been killed and several hundred people were wounded. As a result of the war crimes committed by Azerbaijan, 39 civilians were killed and 122 wounded in Artsakh.
Since the beginning of the war, there have been three attempts to establish a humanitarian ceasefire. All three agreements, which were reached on October 10 through the mediation of the Russian Federation, on October 17 through France and on October 25 through the mediation of the United States, were violated by Azerbaijan. -0–