Prime Minister of Armenia Nikokl Pashinyan received OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák on March 13. Foreign Minister of Armenia Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and the Personal Representative of the Chairperson-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk also attended the meeting.
As ARMENPRESS was informed from the Office of the Prime Minister of Armenia, welcoming Miroslav Lajčák’s visit, the Prime Minister highlighted the role played by the OSCE in ensuring regional security, respect of human rights and promoting sustainable development. He said Armenia ready to support Slovakia’s priorities during its chairmanship in the OSCE. Nikol Pashinyan expressed the hope the strong ties of cooperation with the OSCE will help the Government to effectively implement its ambitious reform program and promote democracy in our country.
Coming to issues high on the OSCE agenda, the parties stressed the need for finding joint solutions to the problems facing the Organization. Prime Minister Pashinyan reaffirmed Armenia’s commitment to an exclusively peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmanship and presented Armenia’s approaches and principled position on this issue. Reference was made to the steps to take ahead throughout the peace process.
The parties stressed the importance of shaping an atmosphere conducive to peace and mutual trust, stimulating people-to-people contacts, taking effective steps to introduce risk-reduction mechanisms, as well as preventing incidents at the Contact Line.