Deputy Foreign Minister presents ‘Crossroads of Peace’ concept to Canadian counterpart

 20:45, 1 December 2023

YEREVAN, DECEMBER 1, ARMENPRESS. Within the framework of the 30th OSCE Ministerial Council in Skopje, Armenia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Vahan Kostanyan on November 30,  had a meeting with Robert Oliphant, the Parliamentary Secretary of Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs.

 The parties commended the opening of the Canadian Resident Embassy in Armenia, which symbolizes the deepening of bilateral cooperation and might serve as a new impetus for its further development.

During the meeting, issues of the bilateral agenda, with a particular emphasis on fostering inter-parliamentary cooperation between the two countries to deepen Armenian-Canadian friendly relations based on common values were touched upon.

Both sides highlighted the importance of steps towards implementing the 'In Support of Democracy in Armenia' report, which was presented following the visit of the Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of Canada, Stéphane Dion, to Armenia.

The interlocutors also exchanged views on regional security issues.

The Deputy Minister presented the security situation in the South Caucasus, the steps taken towards normalizing relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the projects implemented by the Government of the Republic of Armenia to address the needs and rights of the forcibly displaced persons as a result of the ethnic cleansing in Nagorno-Karabakh.

 Referring to the importance of unblocking all communications in the region, the Deputy Foreign Minister presented in detail the "Crossroads of Peace" concept developed by the Armenian Government.

Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS