E’ il lavash il patrimonio dell’Armenia: nel sottile pane tradizionale c’è la storia bimillenaria del Paese asiatico

Turismo Italia News. Italia
12 lug 2018
E’ il lavash il patrimonio dell’Armenia: nel sottile pane tradizionale c’è la storia bimillenaria del Paese asiatico 
           
 
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Giovanni Bosi, Yerevan / Armenia

E’ lo specchio del Paese. Un testimonial autentico e immutato di un popolo e di un Paese che ha saputo mantenere intatte le sue tradizioni difendendo la propria storia. E non è stato facile perché il passato ha riservato agli Armeni prove difficili e dolorose. Non è un caso che proprio un alimento sia il loro elemento distintivo e che l’Unesco abbia voluto iscriverlo nel Patrimonio culturale mmmateriale dell’Umanità : il Lavash, il sottile pane tradizionale che fa parte integrante della cucina armena. La sua preparazione, caratterizzata da un lavoro di gruppo al forno, rafforza i legami familiari, comunitari e sociali.

 

(TurismoItaliaNews) A tavola non manca mai, servito in generose porzioni in cestini intrecciati. Così quando giri per l’Armenia e sei pronto a sederti a tavola, lo sguardo corre subito sul lavash in bella mostra e il buon odore stimola l’acquolina pregustando come potrai combinarlo, in genere formaggi locali ed erbe aromatiche come il prezzemolo, il basilico rosso, il coriandolo, la menta, il dragoncello, il timo oppure la cipolla.

Ma del lavash, al di là del sapore, colpisce il metodo di preparazione sistematico intrapreso da un piccolo gruppo di donne richiedendo un grande sforzo, coordinazione, esperienza e abilità speciali. E’ dal 2014 che l’Unesco ha apposto il suo bollino di tutela perché considerato simbolo della famiglia e della prosperità e perché nel corso dei millenni ha mantenuto intatta la sua essenza e il suo sapore. Del resto la cucina armena è una delle più antiche in Asia, frutto di elaborazioni sviluppate dal popolo armeno per millenni. E si sa che il pane oltre ad un valore nutriente, ha anche un grande valore simbolico, a maggior ragione in Armenia, primo Stato cristiano del mondo, con Haik discendente di Noè considerato dalla tradizione cristiana antenato di tutti gli armeni. Fu proprio Haik, stabilitosi ai piedi del monte Ararat (che oggi si trova in territorio turco ma praticamente visibile con la sua splendida silhouette da buona parte dell’Armenia) ad assistere alla costruzione della Torre di Babele per poi sconfiggere il re assiro Nimrod presso il lago di Van.

Se dici Armenia non puoi non dire storia, non puoi non immergerti nel passato epico e tremendo di questo popolo. Così quando mangi il lavash, nel suo sapore ritrovi un passato mai dimenticato.

Già, ma come si fa? Un semplice impasto a base di farina di grano e acqua, un pizzico di sale e senza lievito, viene lavorato e composto in palline. Una per volta, le palline vengono preparate a mo’ di “sfoglie” sottili con un mattarello e affinate facendole volteggiare con le mani, quindi stese su uno speciale cuscino ovale che viene “schiaffeggiato” contro il muro di un tradizionale forno conico in argilla, il tonir, rivestito di pietra o di ceramica, scavato nella terra. Dopo trenta secondi il pane cotto viene estratto dalla parete del forno. Assistere alla preparazione è come trovarsi davanti a un rito ancestrale, con le donne che sorridono quando si rendono conto della nostra meraviglia nel vederle all’opera. Perché davvero di maestria si tratta nei loro movimenti rapidi e decisi, frutto di un’esperienza acquisita giorno dopo giorno, tramandata di generazione in generazione.

Il lavash (che è meglio mangiarlo appena sfornato, anche se può essere conservato per un massimo di sei mesi, in fogli essiccati e impilati l’uno sull’altro) svolge un ruolo rituale nei matrimoni, dove viene posto sulle spalle degli sposi per portare fertilità e prosperità. Non solo donne comunque nella fase di preparazione: gli uomini sono coinvolti ancor prima nella creazione dei cuscini e dei forni, con l’impegno di trasmettere la loro abilità a studenti e apprendisti come passo necessario per preservare la vitalità della produzione del lavash.

Se il lavash è una presenza irrinunciabile a tavola, la gastronomia armena si rivela una piacevole scoperta, per la sua varietà e i suoi sapori delicati tanto che in passato ne hanno parlato con ammirazione lo storico greco Senofonte e Alessandro Magno. Come nel caso delle zuppe, nelle quali insieme alla carne si possono trovare patate, cipolle, mele, mele cotogne e albicocche secche; mentre nelle zuppe di pesce si aggiunge il corniolo e in quelle con i funghi compaiono prugne e ciliegie o uva passa.

Sapori dunque di grande effetto. Una curiosità: in cucina si usano molto i vasellami di terracotta e così molti piatti hanno finito con il prendere i nomi delle stoviglie piuttosto che del contenuto, come ad esempio putuk, kchcuch e tapak.

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Viaggio in Armenia, paese di antica fede cristiana segnato dal genocidio

La Voce, Italia
12 lug 2018

Tempo di lettura: 94 secondi

C’è stato un protagonista nel viaggio- pellegrinaggio dei Vescovi umbri in Armenia: non il monte Ararat, di biblica memoria, che con i suoi 5.000 metri e la calotta perennemente imbiancata giganteggia sulla capitale Erevan; non il paesaggio aspro degli altopiani, costellati di gole e incisi dal grande lago Sevan; non i monasteri antichi e moderni, austeri nei vari colori della pietra tufica con la quale sono costruiti in forme sostanzialmente immutate nel tempo, e che prevale anche negli interni disadorni.

Protagonista è stato il popolo armeno, la sua storia gloriosa e sofferta, le prospettive e le incognite del suo presente. Prima nazione ad aver abbracciato ufficialmente la fede cristiana nel 301, dodici anni prima dell’editto di Costantino, che dichiarerà il cristianesimo religio licita nell’Impero romano, e 79 anni prima dell’editto di Teodosio, che la eleggerà a religione di Stato.

Di tale primogenitura il popolo armeno va tuttora fiero, anche se gli è costata cara, e poche tracce di quel primo periodo sono sopravvissute alle distruzioni e alle guerre che periodicamente hanno afflitto una nazione che vive per più di due terzi dispersa nel mondo. Di tutte le persecuzioni, la più feroce è stata il genocidio perpetrato dalla Turchia negli anni della Grande guerra e costato un milione e mezzo di morti, tra quelli trucidati e quelli lasciati perire di fame e di sete nelle marce forzate e nei campi di prigionia.

Il museo di Erevan, visitato anche da san Giovanni Paolo II e da Papa Francesco, è ricco di testimonianze documentarie e fotografiche sul “grande male”, come lo chiamano. Il quale è stato tra l’altro una sorta di “prova generale” della Shoah, iniziata un quarto di secolo dopo. Adolf Hitler ebbe infatti a dire, progettando lo sterminio degli ebrei: “Chi si ricorda ancora del genocidio armeno?” (Continua a leggere gratuitamente sull’edizione digitale de La Voce).

Lacote: There can be no military solution to Karabakh conflict

Arminfo, Armenia
July 12 2018
Lacote: There can be no military solution to Karabakh conflict

July 12

Yerevan

Marianna Mkrtchyan. France, as one of the countries co-chairing the OSCE Minsk Group, at the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan in Brussels, reaffirmed the commitment to fulfill the commitments undertaken to facilitate the search for ways to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, French Ambassador to Armenia Jonathan Lacote stated at a press conference in Yerevan on July 12, commenting on the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan Zorab Mnatsakanyan and Elmar Mammadyarov in Brussels.

The Ambassador noted that it was an expected meeting. " There can be no military solution to Karabakh conflict, and only peaceful negotiations can lead to resolution," the Ambassador said. The French President and Armenian Prime Minister emphasized this stand on yesterday meeting, the Ambassador said. At the same time, Lacote stated that Paris positively assesses the statements made by the Armenian side at various levels about the desire to settle the conflict peacefully through negotiations. The diplomat also added that he is well aware of the influence the unresolved conflict makes on Armenian society. Answering the question about France's position on Pashinyan's statement that Artsakh should be included in the negotiation process, Lacote noted that France welcomes any initiatives that will lead to progress in the negotiations, but on the issue of format, a consensus should be reached between all participants in the process.

To note, on July 11, a meeting between Foreign Minister of Armenia Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov was held in Brussels. This was the first meeting between the Foreign Ministers of the two countries after the change of power and forming of a new government in Armenia as a result of democratic movement. Foreign Minister of Armenia thanked the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs for organizing the meeting and underscored the importance of the peace process under their aegis and the need of maintaining the negotiation dynamics. The meeting was of familiarizing nature and was aimed at getting to know each other's viewpoints. Zohrab Mnatsakanyan underlined that the negotiation process has no alternative and in this context highlighted the importance of steps aimed at creating environment conducive to peace, building confidence, reducing tensions, as well as strict adherence to the ceasefire and the cessation of aggressive rhetoric. He emphasized that realistic and constructive engagement of all sides of the conflict is of primary importance for the success of the efforts aimed at achieving a lasting peace. The interlocutors exchanged views on the issues related to Nagorno Karabakh conflict settlement negotiation process. The Co-Chairs presented their upcoming plans to the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan. Further steps were touched upon.


Businessmen from Armenian Diaspora formed a group of investors

Arminfo, Armenia
July 12 2018
Businessmen from Armenian Diaspora formed a group of investors

Yerevan July 12

Naira Badalian. World-class businessmen from the Diaspora initiated the creation of a group of investors, which announced the launch of the "Build Armenia" project.

As the statement of the group of investors says, the project's goal is to ensure the flow of large-scale investments to Armenia in order to stimulate repatriation. At the same time, it is planned to create a socio- economic favorable environment, which due to the formation of appropriate infrastructures will be able to accept the flow of repatriates.

The appeal of the group of investors, in particular, notes that taking into account the migration flows of Armenians from the Middle East, the Republic of Armenia faces the task of consolidating the Armenian potential, being responsible for preserving the identity of every Armenian, ensuring his well-being, security and development. At the same time, it is noted that the continuing assimilation of Diaspora Armenians threatens national identity.

According to the authors of the document, in the absence of a long-term and coordinated vision of development, the Armenian people continue to live and create in different parts of the world, not using their own unified potential. In addition, from the first day of the proclamation of the independence of the Republic of Armenia, the republic is in the blockade of the Turkish-Azerbaijani tandem, bearing the consequences of the militaristic and xenophobic rhetoric of these countries.

Since 1991, as the authors of the draft note, from Armenia there is an uncontrolled outflow of human capital, which threatens the national security of the country. In the Diaspora, financial capital has been formed, which does not serve the implementation of large-scale programs because of the lack of consolidation.

"An appropriate environment has been formed in the Republic of Armenia to accept the flow of returnees, and in the Diaspora there is a need to translate the long-standing idea of turning Armenia into the center of implementation of all-Armenian projects," the document says. In this regard, according to the initiative group, Armenia should be ready to accept compatriots in the social and economic terms. "We, the undersigned, start the project" Build Armenia "with an unprecedented initiative from the point of view of finance and geography that will ensure large-scale investments in Armenia, while we urge Armenian businessmen to join the initiative," the document says.

The first forum of entrepreneurs gathered around this idea will be held in the first quarter of 2019 in France.

The document was signed by Vartan Sirmakes, Switzerland, Arden Sellefyan, Switzerland, Hayk Hovhannisyan, Switzerland, Vartkess Knadjian, Belgium, Harout Missirian, Lebanon, Abraham Odemis (Abraham Odemis, France), Hratch Kaprielian (USA), Anushavan Nazarian, Kuwait, Harutyun, Hakob, Raffi, Shant Stampouli (Haroutune, Hagop, Raffi & Chant Istanboulli, Italy & United Arab Emirates), Patrick Arapian (France), Roy Arakelyan (France) and Sevak Artsruni (Armenia).

Lacote: Pashinyan-Macron meeting demonstrated that France will always support Armenia

Arminfo, Armenia
July 12 2018
Lacote: Pashinyan-Macron meeting demonstrated that France will always support Armenia

Yerevan July 12

Marianna Mkrtchyan. The processes in Armenia that took place in the spring of this year were positively received in France. This was stated by the Ambassador of France to Armenia Jonathan Lacote at a press conference in Yerevan on July 12.

He reminded that positive responses about the situation in Armenia were found in the French press. "This was due to the fact that all the processes took place in a peaceful atmosphere, and moreover, not a single Frenchman has been in a depressing situation during this period: these were processes that were not influenced from outside. In addition, the situation was resolved within the framework of the law and the Constitution of the country, "the diplomat said.

At the same time, he stated that the post-revolutionary situation in Armenia is such that the people are committed to demanding the fulfillment of all the promises. According to him, this new reality in Armenia, new positive trends.

Touching upon Pashinyan-Macron meeting in Brussels, Lacote noticed that the meeting was held in a warm atmosphere, as it was the first and was held on the eve of two important events planned for the autumn of this year: the Francophonie summit in Yerevan and the state visit of the French president to Armenia. Lacote also stressed that the Pashinyan-Macron meeting once again provided an opportunity to demonstrate that France will always support Armenia both within the framework of the EU and in the format of the OSCE Minsk Group. "The changes that have taken place in Armenia give a new impetus to our bilateral relations.In France, with great attention to the processes in Armenia, we see the commitment of the authorities of the country to combating such phenomena as corruption, monopolies and other negative manifestations. Armenia to its partners, especially economic ones.The creation of equal and favorable conditions for all market participants, providing guarantees, ensuring respect for human rights are a positive signal for the potential The fact that we are witnessing these days in Armenia – I mean the fight against corruption – is positively evaluated in France, the spring was quite interesting and exceptional, and I believe that an equally interesting autumn awaits us, since Armenia will take the summit of Francophonie, in which the leaders of 84 countries will take part, "the ambassador said, and in this context he expressed the conviction that the summit of the OIF will feel at home in Armenia, moreover, the spring processes will also have a positive impact on the course of the summit.

According to him, this is due to the fact that everyone wants to come to Armenia and get acquainted with the country where such processes took place. Lacote noted that the number of applications for a visit to Armenia, including investors, has increased. "We look forward to Macron's state visit to Yerevan, which can be perceived as a visit to a new Armenia and a meeting with the new authorities of the country." The agenda of the visit has not been finalized yet, but we believe that the lion's share will be devoted to such areas as culture, youth, "the ambassador said.

At the same time, he expressed the conviction that it is necessary to "infect" Armenian-French relations with the positive energy that exists in Armenia today. Touching upon the economic forum within the framework of the Francophone summit, the diplomat welcomed this initiative. At the same time, Lacote expressed the conviction that the economic forum will open exceptional opportunities for Armenian businessmen. The diplomat also believes that the guests of the International Olympic Committee will be pleasantly surprised by the level of IT development in Armenia. He also said that in autumn this year in Paris will be opened French TUMO.

Activists opposing Amulsar deposit development act with unchecked information

Arminfo, Armenia
July 12 2018
Activists opposing Amulsar deposit development act with unchecked information

Yerevan July 12

Alina Hovhannisyan. As a result of the complaints submitted by the activists against Lydian Armenia in the Office of the Advocate's Advisor on Compliance, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, during his visit to Vayots Dzor, was informed that the Amulsar Program did not properly assess the impact of the field's operation on the tourist brand Jermuk, and that the International Finance Corporation (IFC) refused to finance the project due to the identified environmental problems by the Office. "This statement is not true", is noted in the official statement of the company Lydian Armenia.

"IFC never announced the withdrawal from Amulsar project due to environmental problems. Moreover, IFC in its statement notes that the assessment of the impact of the Amulsar project on the environment corresponds to the best international experience, emphasizing that the introduction of new standards in the mining industry of Armenia is an achievement," is noted in the source with reference to the IFC statement. However, the exit from the shareholders of the Amulsar project by the International Finance Corporation is due to the fact that Lydian Armenia is successfully attracting funds for the development of the field from private sources: "We are confident that the implementation of the Amulsar program has the potential to contribute to the economic development of the country."

Moreover, at the request of ArmInfo to the IFC Central Office about the reasons for the company's withdrawal from the shareholders of Lydian Int., the press service reported: "Since 2007, IFC has been supporting Lydian and Amulsar gold mining project as part of a strategy to support the development of the mining sector in Armenia. Considering Lydian's success in fully funding the project, in May 2017, IFC refused its investment in the company, as we seek to use our capital where it is most needed for sustainable economic development."

According to the company, the prime minister was not informed intentionally that the majority of the statements made by the protesters, particularly those concerning the pollution of the waters of Sevan, Vorotan and Jermuk, etc., were refuted as a result of the Office's investigations. The report of the Office noted that all these issues are appropriate in a way, they were evaluated, moreover, measures are provided in accordance with IFC standards. "The head of government should be informed that the impact of the program on surface and groundwaters has been properly assessed and the activities according to IFC criteria have been designed. Therefore, allegations of water pollution are inappropriate," the company said in a statement.

Lydian Armenia is a subsidiary of British Lydian International, whose shareholders are also large international institutional investors from the United States, Great Britain, a number of European countries, including EBRD. The Amulsar project is the largest industrial project in Armenia for the development of the Amulsar gold deposit at a total cost of $ 370 million. In August 2016, a project for the construction and development of the field was launched. Preliminary work has been carried out since 2006. The life of the Amulsar deposit will be 10 years and 4 months, an annual average of 200,000 ounces of gold (about 10 million tons of ore) is planned. The company's shares are quoted on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Amulsar deposit is the second largest in Armenia.

President of Armenia: The whole country is proud of scientific merits and achievements of Yuri Oganesyan

Arminfo, Armenia
July 12 2018
President of Armenia: The whole country is proud of scientific merits and achievements of Yuri Oganesyan

Yerevan July 12

Alexander Avanesov. On July 12, Armenian President Armen Sarkissian received the scientific leader of the Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna (Russian Federation), Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, foreign member of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia Yuri Oganesyan.

According to presidential press office, Armen Sarkissian recalled that on July 11 he signed a decree on conferring citizenship of the Republic of Armenia to Yuri Oganesyan. Congratulating the well-known scientist, Sarkissian highly appreciated his contribution to the development of nuclear physics, noting that the country and the whole nation are proud of the scientific merits and achievements of Yuri Hovhannisyan.

The interlocutors discussed the implementation of the program for the production of radioisotopes and the creation of a diagnostic center.

Sarkissian welcomed the readiness of the famous scientist to promote the development of science in Armenia, as well as to contribute to the cause of education and progress of young scientists.

The interlocutors also exchanged views on the prospects for the development of science in Armenia.

Yuri Oganesyan is a famous Soviet and Russian scientist, an expert in experimental nuclear physics, an academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, a scientific leader of the Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) in Dubna near Moscow. In honor of Oganesyan, the chemical element "Oganeson" is named in the periodic table.

Back in 1998, in response to the government's offer, the Dubna scientists Alexei Sissakian (now the late former JINR Director, Academician of the RAS – Ed.) And Yuri Hovhannisyan agreed to conduct a work to assess the potential of the Yerevan Physical Institute. Then the leaders of the world's largest scientific laboratories from Germany, France, the United States, Great Britain, Russia and other countries responded to Yuri Oganesyan's appeal. A commission of 9 leading scientists of the world was established, who after the evaluation proposed to the Armenian government, along with the direct appointment of a physical institute, to use its capabilities and infrastructure for other purposes. Thus, the idea of creating an excellence in the field of oncology was created on the basis of the Center founded in 1944, the part of funds from the work of which was to be directed to the continuation of fundamental research. "Not many people know that the Institute of Dubna has initiated the creation of the Center of Excellence, which is a concrete example of the transformation of fundamental science into applied science," Hovhannes Torosyan, senior scientific associate at JINR, said earlier in a conversation with ArmInfo correspondent. The scientist, expressing surprise at the fact that the creation of the center turned into an object of unfinished construction. "But on the basis of this cooperation it would be possible to form a powerful scientific cluster uniting the Metsamor nuclear power plant, JINR, the Armat Institute, the Institute of Physics, and other interested organizations," Hrach Torosyan stated.

The Prime Minister of Armenia recently expressed his extreme surprise at the "unfinished" center of excellence, who asked to find an opportunity to complete such an important project for Armenia, which has already been realized by 80% due to sponsorship and which the previous government deemed ineffective. Apparently, the arrival of Yuri Hovhannisyan in Armenia and set a goal to find ways to resuscitate and restart the program, from which the former authorities began to disband.

The Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna is implementing a number of programs in Armenia aimed at further developing the scientific potential in nuclear physics. The Institute, one of the founders of which together with other 18 states (Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Vietnam, etc.) is the Republic of Armenia, intends to implement a number of so-called collaborative programs. It is a question of creating a pool of scientific groups and laboratories that by joint efforts, exchanging knowledge and experience, while teaching young scientists, will set themselves specific goals in the field of fundamental nuclear research. This includes, among other things, the active use by scientists from different countries of the world of a new, modern electronic accelerator at the Kendl Institute for Synchrotron Research, which is indispensable in its parameters for some kind of research.

France won’t supply weapons which could be used against Artsakh, says Ambassador

ArmenPress, Armenia
France won't supply weapons which could be used against Artsakh, says Ambassador


YEREVAN, JULY 12, ARMENPRESS. Ambassador of France to Armenia Jonathan Lacote reiterates France’s commitment on not supplying weapons or ammunition which can presumably be used to wage war against Artsakh.

“When we found out about the fake rumors in the Azerbaijani press alleging that France has lifted the arms embargo on Azerbaijan, we immediately disseminated a denial. This once again gave us a chance to confirm our stance. France respects its commitments stemming from international provisions to not supply weapons or ammunition which could be used to start war, in this case in Artsakh,” Lacote said.

He said that the French government is positively receiving any response of the Armenian government based on the principle of settling the conflict only through a peaceful way.

He also noted that the July 11 meeting between the Armenian and Azerbaijani FMs at the presence of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs was desirable in the negotiations process. He said that in this format, France again endorses the stance that the conflict cannot be solved through force.

Earlier Azerbaijani media reported that France has lifted the arms embargo for Azerbaijan. But the French Embassy in Armenia denied the report.

Edited and translated by Stepan Kocharyan

Armenia to continue engagement in NATO’s peace operation in Afghanistan

ArmenPress, Armenia
Armenia to continue engagement in NATO's peace operation in Afghanistan


YEREVAN, JULY 12, ARMENPRESS. Armenia will continue contributing to the efforts aimed at strengthening international peace and security, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said at the meeting of the heads of states and governments contributing to the Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Brussels, reports Armenpress.

“The peace process requires constructive approach and discussion of positions of all sides. Therefore, we need to unite the efforts of the international community to reach exclusively a peaceful settlement, which is very important for the European security in general.

Since 2010 Armenia contributed to the NATO’s actions on establishing peace in Afghanistan, also within the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and the Resolute Support mission. We appreciate the productive cooperation between Armenia and Germany, which, in my opinion, is one of the best and vivid examples of partnership between a NATO member and partner states”, PM Pashinyan said.

He stated that Armenia is ready to continue its engagement to the mission with up to 130 troops. “We have also expressed our readiness to participate in NATO’s sustainable partnership mission when it comes to replace the Sustainable support mission. Armenia will continue supporting the inclusive peace process led and participated by Afghanistan. I want to once again state that we will continue supporting the international efforts aimed at establishing comprehensive peace, prosperity and stability in friendly Afghanistan”, the PM noted.

Edited and translated by Aneta Harutyunyan

Azerbaijan’s behavior questions Baku’s commitment to peace process: Armenian PM delivers remarks at NATO summit

ArmenPress, Armenia
Azerbaijan's behavior questions Baku's commitment to peace process: Armenian PM delivers remarks at NATO summit


YEREVAN, JULY 12, ARMENPRESS. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan delivered remarks during the NATO summit in Brussels at the meeting of the heads of states and governments contributing to the Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan.

Armenpress presents the full text of the PM’s speech:

“Respectful Prime Minister Michel, Respectful President Ghani,

Respectful Secretary General,

Dear colleagues,

First of all I want to thank Prime Minister Michel for the warm reception. Participating in this event, which is dedicated to the international efforts for peace and stability in Afghanistan, is an honor for me. Peace and security are vital for the sustainable development: the democracy and free market economy are also such. As you know, Armenia recently launched drastic changes with the goal to build its democratic future. The victory of velvet revolution in Armenia was the clear manifestation of the maturity of the Armenian society, the advocate of its commitment to human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Today’s meeting once again highlights the issues of international security and the need to maintain the existing collective approach on this matter. Firm belief and readiness to bring peace, security and stability to the good people of Afghanistan unites all of us.

We highly appreciate the efforts of the Afghan government to increase the state-building and security level. This would be impossible without the unconditional dedication and sacrifice of the Afghan people, army and security forces. However, still a lot needs to be done so that the progress becomes irreversible.

As an advocate of collective security, Armenia will continue contributing to the efforts aimed at strengthening international peace and security.

The peace process requires constructive approach and discussion of positions of all sides. Therefore, we need to unite the efforts of the international community to reach exclusively a peaceful settlement, which is very important for the European security in general.

Since 2010 Armenia contributed to the NATO’s actions on establishing peace in Afghanistan, also within the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and the Resolute Support mission. We appreciate the productive cooperation between Armenia and Germany, which, in my opinion, is one of the best and vivid examples of partnership between a NATO member and partner states.

We are ready to continue our engagement to the mission with up to 130 troops. We have also expressed our readiness to participate in NATO’s sustainable partnership mission when it comes to replace the Sustainable support mission.

Armenia will continue supporting the inclusive peace process led and participated by Afghanistan. I want to once again state that we will continue supporting the international efforts aimed at establishing comprehensive peace, prosperity and stability in friendly Afghanistan.

As there was a talk on the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, I have to touch upon the settlement of this conflict, although I think that this issue is incompatible with the format of these discussions as this meeting pursues other goals. NATO has constantly and comprehensively stated that it plays no role in this conflict settlement process.

Nevertheless, as the issue has already been raised, I would like to briefly comment on and make clarifications in the context of the already made statement. Armenia, like any other democratic country, reaffirms its commitment to the exclusively peaceful settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict within the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairmanship format. Any attempt to settle this conflict through military means should be viewed as an attack on democracy, human rights and peace.

The recent ceasefire violation and provocation cases provoked by Azerbaijan on the border with Armenia and the line of contact with Artsakh seriously question Baku’s commitment to the peace process.

We reaffirm the importance of the implementation of the previous agreements, in particular, those reached during the meetings in Vienna, St. Petersburg and Geneva, which aim at creating favorable conditions for peace and making confidence-building measures”.

Edited and translated by Aneta Harutyunyan