ARMENIA: FM EDWARD NALBANDIAN PAYS A WORKING VISIT TO HELSINKI
Dec 6 2008
Foreign Minister of Armenia had meetings with the OSCE
Secretary-General, Special Representative on Nagorno Karabakh conflict
from the Parliamentary Assembly, the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs and
Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan.
On December 3, Foreign Minister of Armenia Edward Nalbandian started
his working visit to Helsinki.
Minister Nalbandian first met with Marc Perrin de Brichambaut, the
OSCE Secretary General.
The two had a discussion on issues concerning different spheres
of the OSCE activity, exchanged views on the reforms within the
organization. In that context Edward Nalbandian mentioned that Armenia
attaches importance to the role of the OSCE in maintenance of security
and cooperation in Europe and considers that the organization needs
reforms for more effective responding current challenges.
Minister Nalbandian and Ambassador de Brichambaut also touched upon
the existing system of European security. Armenian Foreign Minister
emphasized that European security system needs to be improved and
member-states of the organization have to join their efforts to make
it more efficient and effective.
Armenian Foreign Minister and the OSCE Secretary General also discussed
the activity of the OSCE Office in Yerevan and issues concerning the
improvement of its efficiency.
In the course of the meeting the OSCE Secretary General informed
about his intention to visit Armenia.
On the same day Minister Nalbandian met with Goran Lennmarker,
the Special Representative on Nagorno Karabakh conflict from the
At the meeting the two discussed recent developments in Artsakh
(Nagorno Karabakh) peace process. Minister Nalbandian attached
importance to the Declaration signed by the Presidents of Armenia,
Azerbaijan and Russia on November 2 in Moscow and mentioned that
distorted comments of the Azerbaijani side on the Declaration and
efforts aimed at neglecting of provisions of the document damage the
efficiency and progress of peace process. Edward Nalbandian mentioned
that Armenia highly evaluates the Parliamentary diplomacy as effective
format for discussion of problems. Goran Lennmarker stressed that the
OSCE Parliamentary Assembly has always been and is for the settlement
of Nagorno Karabakh issue only by means of peaceful negotiations.
On the same day the meeting between Armenian Foreign Minister Edward
Nalbandian and Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov took
place. The OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs Bernard Fassier, Mattew Bryza,
Yuri Merzlyakov and Andrzej Kasprzyk, the Personal Representative of
the OSCE Chairman-in-Office also attended the meeting.
In the course of negotiations they discussed issues concerning
the settlement of Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh) issue. They attached
importance to the maintenance of positive atmosphere reached during
constructive meetings between Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan
on June 6 in Saint-Petersburg and on November 2 in Moscow, the
continuation of talks on the base of the Madrid proposals with support
of Minsk Group Co-Chairs aimed at rapprochement of positions of the
sides and settlement of the issue through peaceful negotiations.
From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress