Latvian, Armenian Foreign Ministers Discuss EU Partnership, Karabakh

Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (left) with his Armenian counterpart Edward Nalbandian at a press conference after their meeting in Yerevan. Dec. 12, 2014. (Photo: Photolur)

From Public Radio of Armenia

YEREVAN—Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics, in Armenia for a working visit, met with his Armenian counterpart Edward Nalbandian in Yerevan on Friday. The Foreign Ministers of the two countries discussed cooperation within the framework of the EU Eastern Partnership Program. Latvia will assume EU presidency from Jan., 2015, and will host the Eastern Partnership Summit in May.

In this light, the Latvian Foreign Minister noted that “it’s important to discuss the issue of the Eastern Partnership roadmap.” “Taking into consideration Armenia’s membership in the Eurasian Economic Union, it will implement individual partnership plans with EU member states,” Edgars Rinkevics said.

Ministers Nalbandian and Rinkevics discussed a number of bilateral, regional and international issues. The Armenian Foreign Minister briefed his Latvian counterpart on the efforts of Armenia and the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing countries towards the peaceful settlement of the Karabakh issue.

“The ongoing belligerent statements by Azerbaijani authorities after the meeting of the OSCE Foreign Ministers in Basel come to prove that Azerbaijan continues to ignore the statements of the Co-Chairs and does not understand the language the international community is speaking. Azerbaijan does not understand the declarative language; therefore, the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs should make corresponding conclusions,” Nalbandian told reporters after the meeting.

A few days ago Turkey’s Foreign Minister called on Armenia to “start cooperating with neighbors.” In response to this, Edward Nalbandian said, “Our foreign policy has always targeted the establishment and development of cooperation with all countries.”

“But is it possible to cooperate with a country, which refuses to establish diplomatic relations with Armenia, which keeps the border closed and comes forth with a number of hostile expressions related to Armenian and the Armenian people?” Nalbandian said.

“It will be possible to cooperate with Turkey when the latter faces its own history and when it agrees to meet the commitments it has assumed,” Nalbandian said. He reminded that “the international community has declared on many occasions that the ball is in the Turkish court.”


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  1. Hratch said:

    Another act by the West to try to rescue Armenia. Yesterday it was the Italians and Americans, today the Latvians. If we are smart, we will leverage our position and gain concessions from both sides. If we choose to stay the Russophile course, we will be doomed to go down with the sinking ship.