On February 16, Foreign Minister of Armenia Ara Ayvaziyan had a meeting with Wendy Morton, the UK Minister for European Neighbourhood and the Americas of Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

Minister Ayvazyan noted that this visit is a good opportunity to touch upon the bilateral agenda and outline joint steps aimed at enriching it. 

In the course of the meeting the sides touched upon the issues of regional security and stability. With this regard, Minister Aivazian noted: “We have a new situation which was created after the use of force by Azerbaijan, and with direct involvement of Turkey. As you rightly mentioned in your remarks at the House of Commons on December 8, it does not solve the conflict and we believe that only through negotiated political settlement it will be possible to address the causes and consequences of the war, having in mind the respect towards the rights of all.  And eventually through this way it will be possible to establish stability, peace and reconciliation in the region of the South Caucasus.

Of course, the essence of the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is based on the right of the people of Artsakh to self-determination. Armenia will continue to defend this right. And we are looking very much forward to the recognition by the  international community of this right to self-determination, because otherwise this conflict will continue to be the source of instability in the region.”

In the context of addressing the humanitarian issues resulting from the Azerbaijani aggression against Artsakh, the Foreign Minister of Armenia drew the interlocutor’s attention to Azerbaijan’s hostage-taking policy of Armenian prisoners of war, civilians, including women, noting that “this is a challenge to all those who genuinely and consistently defend human rights in international arena.”