Daily News Summary [18-19.2023]
22:53 - 19 February, 2023

Daily News Summary [18-19.2023]

Armenian PM and Foreign Minister take part in the Munich Security Conference

Within the framework of the Munich Security Conference, RA Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan had a meeting with former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. They discussed the developments taking place in the South Caucasus region and emphasized the implementation of consistent steps in the direction of strengthening stability and peace.

Later, Pashinyan had a meeting with the Chairman of the International Crisis Group Comfort Ero. Reference was made to the processes taking place in the South Caucasus, the situation around Nagorno-Karabakh, and the humanitarian, environmental, and energy crisis in Nagorno-Karabakh resulted by Azerbaijan's illegal blockade of the Lachin Corridor. The development and continuity of cooperation with the International Crisis Group were highlighted.

Within the framework of the Munich Security Conference, Pashinyan also met the PM of Lithuania Ingrida Šimonytė.

They touched on issues related to the development of cooperation between Armenia and Lithuania in various fields. The sides exchanged thoughts on Armenia-EU relations.

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan continued to hold bilateral meetings with foreign partners within the framework of the Munich Security Conference. During the meeting with the President of Latvia Egils Levits and Armenian-Latvian relations, as well as various issues of bilateral interest. Pashinyan referred to the institutional reforms being carried out in Armenia and highlighted the importance of the European Union's continuous support for their effective implementation. The Prime Minister noted that the development and strengthening of democracy are of strategic importance for the Armenian Government.

Pashinyan also met with Prime Minister of Croatia Andrej Plenković on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.

Nikol Pashinyan noted that the first visit of the Croatian Foreign Minister to Armenia took place recently, which has historical significance in bilateral relations. The Prime Minister expressed hope that today's meeting will give a new impetus to the further development and strengthening of Armenian-Croatian relations.

They referred to the situation in the South Caucasus, the developments taking place around Nagorno Karabakh. RA PM Pashinyan noted that as a result of Azerbaijan's illegal blockade of the Lachin Corridor, a humanitarian crisis has arisen in Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan has also blocked the electricity supply for more than a month, and there are serious problems with the gas supply. According to Nikol Pashinyan, all this causes not only a humanitarian but also an environmental crisis. The Prime Minister emphasized the international community's addressed and consistent response to the issue.

Foreign Minister of Armenia Ararat Mirzoyan had a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kosovo Donika Gërvalla-Schwarz.

The parties exchanged views on the prospects of cooperation on international platforms. Regional security and stability issues were also touched upon.

Ararat Mirzoyan briefed his counterpart on the latest developments in the process of normalization of Armenia-Azerbaijan relations, as well as the consequences of the humanitarian crisis in Nagorno-Karabakh resulting from Azerbaijan's illegal blockade of the Lachin Corridor.




The meeting of the Prime Minister of Armenia, the US Secretary of State, and the President of Azerbaijan took place in Munich

At Munich Security Conference, a trilateral meeting between Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev took place.

Before the meeting with RA Prime Minister Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken made an announcement.

"I want to thank President Aliyev, and Prime Minister Pashinyan for being here today.  We believe that Armenia and Azerbaijan have a genuinely historic opportunity to secure enduring peace after more than 30 years of conflict. 

At the meeting, reference was made to the progress of work on the draft peace treaty between Armenia and Azerbaijan, as well as the unblocking of regional transport infrastructure and the implementation of delimitation between the two countries in line with the agreement reached in Prague.

Prime Minister Pashinyan reaffirmed the determination of the Armenian side to achieve a treaty that will truly guarantee long-term peace and stability in the region.

At the same time, Nikol Pashinyan emphasized the fact of Azerbaijan's illegal blockade of the Lachin Corridor and the resulting humanitarian, environmental, and energy crisis in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Ensuring the continuity of the peace process between Armenia and Azerbaijan was emphasized.

After the meeting, Aliyev stated that at first glance, "there is progress in Armenia's position, but not enough." 

"The meeting went well, I think it was constructive. Many issues were discussed, including the necessary conditions for signing a peace agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan," Aliyev said.

He noted that he once again stated his position.

"The main thing is that this peace agreement is drawn up on the basis of international norms and principles. It is unacceptable to have any provision regarding Karabakh. Three days ago, we received new answers to our proposals from Armenia. Now we are working on them," he said.

Earlier, at the Munich Security Conference, Aliyev stated that there are several platforms for discussing the normalization of relations between Baku and Yerevan, said the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev. Interfax.ru writes about this.

"One of them is the so-called Brussels format. During the meeting with the President of the Council of the European Union, Charles Michel, we reaffirmed our commitment to the process. Today, during the tripartite meeting organized by Secretary Blinken, we also discussed the Brussels process in a tripartite format. And I think there is a general understanding that this is only a tripartite format, including the EU, Azerbaijan, and Armenia," Aliyev mentioned.


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