STEPANAKERT—Foreign Ministers of the Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) Republic and the Transdniestrian Moldovan Republic Karen Mirzoyan and Vitaly Ignatyev had a phone conversation on February 28 at the initiative of Transdniestria.
Ignatyev appreciated the conduct as well as the results of the February 20 referendum held in Artsakh on the new draft Constitution, saying that the state upheld its democratic values, respect for human rights and the rule of law and further development of the statehood. In turn, Mirzoyan expressed his gratitude regarding the active participation of the observation mission of Transdniestrian as international monitors the election.
Ignatyev expressed his deep concern over the attempted attack on the positions of the Artsakh Defense Army by the Azerbaijani armed forces on February 25 and its consequences, and conveyed his support for the Artsakh side.
Mirzoyan briefed his counterpart on the situation on the Line of Contact and the Artsakh efforts aimed at stabilizing the situation and ensuring conditions for the resumption of the peace process.
During the conversation, the Ignatyev also expressed his condolences for the victims of the Armenian massacres committed 29 years ago in Sumgait. The sides noted that the impunity of such crimes paves the way for new crimes against humanity.
The sides also discussed a range of issues related to the cooperation between the foreign offices, stressing the importance of expansion friendly relations between the countries.