09.03.2017 • Statement On the Need to Implement Agreements reached at Vienna and St.Petersburg Summits delivered by the Permanent Delegation of Armenia at the 1136th Meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council
Mr. Chairman, We would like to draw the attention of the Permanent Council to the continued rejection by Azerbaijan to implement agreements reached at Vienna and St. Petersburg Summits within the context of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution.
Mr. Chairman, We would like to warmly welcome Ms. Dunja Mijatovic and thank her for the comprehensive report, which in open and transparent manner reveals the challenges in the field of freedom of media and safety of journalists in the OSCE area. We also thank Ms. Herbst and Ms. Havlicek for sharing with us their personal experience. We reiterate firm resolve of the Armenian authorities to further protect freedom of expression and strengthen safety of journalists. In this context we will continue to rely on the expertise of and fruitful cooperation with the RFOM.
Mr. Chairman, We regret that the Delegation of the European Union didn’t find expedient to inform the Delegation of Armenia that it is raising a current issue. But you can rest assured that it will not affect the quality of our response.
02.03.2017 • Statement In Response to the Delegation of France on behalf of the Delegations of the Minsk Group Co-Chair Countries delivered by the Permanent Delegation of Armenia at the 1135th Meeting
Mr. Chairman, We took note of the statement of the Delegation of France on behalf of the Delegations of the Minsk Group Co-Chair countries. We appreciate clear call of the Minsk Group Co-Chairs on the necessity to maintain the ceasefire regime, established by the 1994 and 1995 tripartite ceasefire agreements and to implement agreements, reached at Vienna and St. Petersburg summits on creating investigative mechanism into ceasefire violations and enhancing capacities of the PRCiO Office. The failed incursion of the Azerbaijani subversive group illustrates the urgency of implementation of the above agreements without delay.
Mr. Chairman, We join other colleagues in welcoming Mr. Volker Türk and thanking him for the comprehensive presentation. At the outset we would like to recall that topic of displacement is highly relevant for Armenia as a country, which hosts hundreds of thousands refugees from Azerbaijan, Syria and Iraq. Displacement has been a feature of Armenian people in 20th century. It is difficult to find an Armenian both in Armenia and Diaspora whose ancestors have not been displaced. Nowadays Armenia is receiving tens of thousands Syrian Armenian refugees,
Mr. Chairman, We took note of some interest with regard to the referendum which will take place in Nagorno-Karabakh. We will communicate this information to the authorities of Nagorno-Karabakh and stand ready to circulate information on the referendum in the OSCE if authorities of Nagorno-Karabakh deem it appropriate.
According to the Press Release of Nagorno-Karabakh Defence Army on February 1, at about 3:00 p.m., the Azerbaijani armed forces made a subversive infiltration attempt in the northern direction of the Line of Contact between the armed forces of Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan in the vicinity of Talish village. The Defence Army units, promptly revealing the advance of the Azerbaijani special forces, took appropriate actions and inflicted casualties on them. As a result, one Azerbaijani soldier Elnur Husseynzade, born in 1995 in Barda town got captured, and there is also information on wounded servicemen from the Azerbaijani side.
26.01.2017 • Statement In response to Ambassador Mihnea Constantinescu, Chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance delivered by Ambassador Arman Kirakossian at the 1029th Meeting of the OS
We would like to thank Ambassador Mihnea Constantinescu for his comprehensive address on Commemoration of the Holocaust. Our thanks also go to the Austrian Chairmanship for initiating these discussions on such an important topic of remembrance.
Mr. Chairman, We would like to warmly welcome H.E. Ioannis Kasoulides, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus and Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, and express our gratitude for his interesting and comprehensive address. Before going to the agenda of cooperation between Council of Europe and the OSCE we would like to stress the high level of cooperation between Armenia and Cyprus, based on millennia old traditions of neighborhood and friendship and shared values between our peoples.