Armenia is a Reliable Partner to NATO, Says Official

NATO’s Special Representative for the South Caucasus James Appathurai
NATO’s Special Representative for the South Caucasus James Appathurai

NATO’s Special Representative for the South Caucasus James Appathurai

YEREVAN (ArmRadio)—NATO is grateful for Armenia’s contributions to operations in Afghanistan and Kosovo, NATO’s Special Representative for the South Caucasus James Appathurai told a press conference in Yerevan.

He said the issue of increasing the number of troops participating in NATO-led missions will be on the agenda of the Armenian Defense Minister’s upcoming visit to Brussels.

“All NATO allies are concerned by the increasing level of armaments in the region also because it’s increasing the level of hostilities and political tension. Two of the members of the OSCE Minsk Group – France and US – are NATO allies. We can all see from the activities and statements of the Minsk Group like all NATO allies they are committed to a peaceful resolution. Overall, NATO’s position is to seek a reduction in tension, a reduction in hostilities and a peaceful resolution,” Appathurai said.

“We do follow very closely the security situation in the region, receive regular updates, and there is a higher level of concern among the allies with regard to the situation. As you know over the past year we have seen more military activity, higher level of military rhetoric, casualties and military exchanges,” he added.

“NATO is not directly engaged in the Karabakh issue. Our position is to support the OSCE Minsk Group. We would support any steps by the two countries or the Minsk Group that would help decrease tensions.

“We fully welcome the balanced foreign policy that Armenia has. It causes us no complication that Armenia is in the CSTO or the Eurasian Economic Union. From NATO point of view Armenia is and has been a reliable partner,” Appathuirai said, adding that he sees no drastic slips forward, because Armenia does not have such intensions, either.

“We’ll continue the static cooperation and the practical improvements where it makes sense for both parties,” he stated.

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2 Comments

  1. State of Emergency said:

    If they’re so grateful then why doesn’t anyone ask them why they won’t pressure their cherished NATO partner Turkey to lay off Armenia.

  2. Red-neck Robert said:

    The question that should be addressed here is whether NATO is reliable. In the wake of a host of indicators (like the Safarov fiasco), it would seem doubtful. Also doubtful is how indeed the Armenian government can claim to represent the interest of its citizens by putting the all-too-precious blood of its already-overstretched army at risk in service of NATO’s dubious and unending misadventures over the surface of the globe. Most galling is the commitment of Armenian troops to the continuing illegal and outrageous occupation of Kosovo, a venture that cannot but be counterproductive to the nation’s interest.

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