YEREVAN (ArmRadio)—Armenian delegates at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly session have raised the issue of violation of Armenia’s air space by Turkish helicopters that was confirmed last week by Armenian authorities
One of the members of the Armenian delegation, Tevan Poghosyan, informed NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg about the incident and addressed a letter to James Appathurai, the Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia in hopes of receiving a response early in November.
Poghosyan and his fellow delegate Koryun Nahapetyan believe the issue should be addressed, but without escalating tensions.
“If NATO really values the inviolability of borders of its member states, it would be reasonable for the Alliance to serve an example and apologize for the incident, even if it has been caused by weather conditions. The incident is really an extraordinary and one, and I think NATO, of which Turkey is a member, should react to this case. Clear explanations are needed,” saidf Poghosyan.
Armenia will host NATO Week from November 1 and the issue is expected to be addressed within that framework.
During the NATO PA discussions on the Syrian crisis and the issue of refugees, Armenia came forth with concrete proposals. “Armenia has hosted more than 16,000 refugees,” Nahapetyan said. He added that it would be beneficial for NATO to provide assistance not only to member, but also partner countries.