YEREVAN (Combined Sources)—Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan received the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delegation to Armenia, Caroline Douilliez, and the newly appointed Regional Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Patrick Vial.
The parties discussed cooperation between the Armenian Defense Ministry and the ICRC on future joint programs.
The ICRC delegates praised the role of Armenian government bodies, particularly the Ministry of Defense, for their involvement in the State Commission for Prisoners of War, Hostages, and Missing Persons.
Referring to the Karabakh conflict, Ohanyan noted that the misinformation spread by Baku about the number of missing people as a result of the Artsakh war, and the information about mass burial sites, as well as other unfounded accusations against the Armenian side, aim to incite anti-Armenian sentiments among the Azerbaijani public.
Ohanyan thanked the ICRC and its representatives in Armenia for the high-level of cooperation, and expressed the willingness of Armenian government agencies to support all humanitarian initiatives.
In related news, the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs will visit Stepanakert for talks with Artsakh President Bako Sahakyan and Foreign Minister Karen Mirzoyan, Spokesman for the NKR President David Babayan has said.
Speaking to Artsakhpress, Babayan said the border issues and the ceasefire violations would be on the agenda of the meeting.
“Naturally, reference will be made to the overall negotiation process and the regional developments. The issue of implementing a mechanism of investigating border incidents will also be raised,” he said.
Babayan added that during the meetings with the mediators, Stepanakert will make different proposals that Baku may turn down. He said Stepanakert has offers to make at the forthcoming meeting, but added that the Co-Chairs should first try to bring Azerbaijan to the “constructive field.”
Babayan stressed the importance of a meeting between the Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan. “This will be an important mechanism for maintaining peace and stability,” he said.