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06.12.2018 • Statement of Zohrab Mnatsakanyan at the 25th Meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council

Mr. Chairman, Dear Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen, I also want to thank our Italian colleagues and the Chairman-in-Office, Minister Milanesi, for their able leadership of the Organization throughout the year.

22.11.2018 • STATEMENT in Response to the Address of Mr. Harlem Désir, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media as delivered by Mr. Vahe Gevorgyan, Deputy Permanent Representative

Mr. Chair, We would like to warmly welcome Mr. Harlem Désir, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, back to the Permanent Council and thank him for his substantial and informative report. Armenia strongly supports the RFOM activities as an OSCE mandate, which can make significant change on the ground. Throughout recent years, Armenia achieved irreversible progress in upholding freedom of expression and media, which became very visible during the recent non-violent revolution in Armenia.

15.11.2018 • STATEMENT in Response to the Report by the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities as delivered by Ambassador Arman Kirakossian, Permanent Representative of Armenia

Mr. Chairman, We would like to thank Ambassador Vuk Žugić for his report to the Permanent Council and presenting key priority areas of the work of the Office of Coordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities, namely the prevention of corruption, connectivity, energy along with the specific emphasis on environmental activities.

08.11.2018 • STATEMENT in Response to the Director of the OSCE Conflict Prevention Center as delivered by Ambassador Arman Kirakossian, Permanent Representative of Armenia at the 1200th Meeting

Mr. Chairperson, We would like to thank Director of the Conflict Prevention Centre Ambassador Marcel Peṧko for his annual report to the Permanent Council. The Vilnius decision on the elements of the conflict cycle provides exhaustive framework for conflict prevention, which should be at the core of the CPC activities. We welcome efforts of the CPC to act as the OSCE wide Early Warning Focal Point.

08.11.2018 • STATEMENT in Response to the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, to the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and to the Head of the OSCE High Level Planning Group

Mr. Chairperson, We warmly welcome the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Ambassadors Igor Popov, Stephane Visconti and Andrew Schofer, Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk and Head of the HLPG, Colonel Vladimir Minarik to the Permanent Council and thank them for their comprehensive reports.

23.10.2018 • Zohrab Mnatsakanyan received the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media

On October 23, the acting Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan received Harlem Desir, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media. The interlocutors commended the close and effective cooperation between the Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media and relevant state bodies of the Republic of Armenia, as well as efforts of the Government aimed at ensuring freedom of speech and press in the country.

18.10.2018 • STATEMENT In Response to the Addresses by the Personal Representatives of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office on Tolerance and Non-discrimination delivered by Ambassador Arman Kirakossian,

Mr. Chairman, We would like to thank the Personal Representatives of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Rabbi Andrew Baker, Prof. Salvatore Martinez and Prof. Bülent Şenay for reporting on their activities and highlighting existing issues of intolerance and discrimination based on religion.

11.10.2018 • Statement In Response to the Address by the President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly George Tsereteli as delivered by Ambassador Arman Kirakossian, Permanent Representative of Armenia

Mr. Chair, We warmly welcome President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly George Tsereteli back to the Permanent Council. We thank President Tsereteli for his address which raises important questions OSCE region and our Organization are facing today. We appreciate your reference to the centenary of end of the First World War. Our duty to remember all victims of violence including genocide perpetrated in the context of that disastrous war should be certainly strengthened. It is also important to recall that international multilateral system had been an outcome of peace, that came after the war, enshrined in principles of international law including the right of people to self-determination. This is not accidental that this year number of participating states celebrate centenary of their independence.

04.10.2018 • STATEMENT In Response to the Report of ODIHR Director Ms. Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir as delivered by Mr. Vahe Gevorgyan,

Mr. Chair, We would like to thank ODIHR Director Ms Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir for presenting the role of ODIHR in conducting 2018 Human Dimension Implementation Meeting. We appreciate the leadership of the Italian Chairmanship and ODIHR in convening this meeting under not conventional circumstances. We understand that all OSCE participating states are bound by commitment to conduct HDIM every year. We hope that in future the adoption of HDIM agenda will be approached in sincere manner without an attempt to use it as impediment to the meeting itself.

04.10.2018 • STATEMENT In Response to the Address by the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism, Mr. Vladimir Voronkov

Mr. Chair, We would like to warmly welcome Under-Secretary-General of United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office, Ambassador Vladimir Voronkov to the Permanent Council and thank him for his address. Armenia strongly values the cooperation of the UN and OSCE in addressing transnational threats particularly terrorism and in this regard we are pleased to be guided by the global perspective of fighting terrorism, something that have been just presented to us by Ambassador Voronkov.