YEREVAN (Armenpress)—Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian told Armenia’s diplomatic corps in Europe that recent wave of Azerbaijani aggression is a “slap in the face of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing countries and the international community,” in the wake of an announcement by the foreign ministers of Minsk group co-chairing countries urging Armenia and Azerbaijan to be more committed to a resolution to the Karabakh conflict.
During the meeting, which was held last week, Nalbandian discussed the realization of the policies laid out by President Serzh Sarkisian, the implementation of tasks set before the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the achievements of 2015 and gave respective instructions on the steps to be implemented next year.
At the consultation, the participants discussed the cooperation within the framework of international organizations, the priorities of the Armenian Chairmanship at the Collective Security Treaty Organization, cooperation with Eurasian Economic Union, the results of OSCE Ministerial Council in Belgrade, the Ministerial Conference of La Francophonie held in Yerevan, and the recent developments in Armenia’s foreign policy.
The participants emphasized the significance of developing political dialogue with European countries and institutions, and touched upon the Embassy’s steps towards the development of inter-parliamentary ties, the expansion of decentralized cooperation, and the beginning of negotiations with the EU over the new framework document.
The Armenian Genocide Centennial was a very important subject matter during the discussion. The participants summed up the events organized and their results, and how the activities worked towards the international recognition and condemnation of the Armenian Genocide and prevention of new genocides and crimes against humanity. Minister Nalbandian emphasized in this context: “The recorded results oblige us to act more purposefully and consistently.”