Mr. Chairman, We welcome the distinguished Director Michael Georg Link and thank him for the comprehensive report. We would like to thank the ODIHR and the Director Link for fruitful cooperation with the Armenian authorities throughout the electoral cycle, including legal assistance on amending of the Electoral Code. We will have opportunity to reflect on our cooperation in the field of election observation later on during this PC.
Mr. Chairman, We would like to thank the delegations of Malta, who took the floor on behalf of the European Union, the United States and the Russian Federation for their statements on the Parliamentary elections in Armenia.
Mr. Chairman, We have addressed baseless allegations of Azerbaijan number of times and certainly don’t see the need to repeat our position again. Therefore, we will confine ourselves with some short points only. First, it should be mentioned that Nagorno-Karabakh and its forces have been recognized as a party to the conflict by number of international documents including UN Security Council Resolutions and Bishkek Protocol to which the Ambassador of Azerbaijan referred in his statement and letter distributed earlier.
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.