Oskanian Speaks At Euroatlantic Cooperation Council Meeting

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Armenian Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanian gave a speech at the meeting of the Council of the Euroatlantic Cooperation held in Brussels December 16.

In his speech the minister addressed the problems of security in Armenia and the region. In particular–he touched upon the expansion of the security frames in the Caucasus.

The minister stressed the importance of ensuring security in the region with the participation of the three Transcaucasian states and their neighbors. One of the subjects under discussion was the situation around the Kosovo crisis. In that connection the Armenian foreign minister singled out two main lessons. First–the preservation of territorial integrity does not grant anybody the right to exert pressure and commit violence–as it was in Nagorno Karabakh in 1992. Secondly–stability should be distinguished from the imposition of the status quo. A correct policy aimed at ensuring stability currently implies that the international community–including the Council of the Euroatlantic Cooperation will be able to create mechanisms of settling problems resulting from the ongoing irreversible changes in the world.

As part of his visit–Oskanian held a number of bilateral meetings with Swiss Foreign Minister Joseph Teis–US Undersecretary of State Strobe Talbott–Turkish Foreign Minister Ismael Jem–Georgian Foreign Minister Irakli Menegarishvili. During these meetings the sides addressed issues of regional security and discussed possibilities of expanding the security frames.

During the meeting with the US representative the sides also discussed the Karabakh settlement–latest visit of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen as well as the development of the settlement process.

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