12, 2008

President Serzh Sargsyan received the OSCE Secretary General Marc Perrin de Brichambaut

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Today, President Serzh Sargsyan received the OSCE Secretary General Marc Perrin de Brichambaut and his delegation.

Hailing the continued assistance of the OSCE to the reforms conducted in our country, the President of Armenian noted that Armenia as a member state is interested in further expanding cooperation encompassing new areas and new issues. Serzh Sargsyan highlighted the importance of the Armenia-OSCE cooperation considering also the NK peace process which is conducted in the framework of the Organization.

The two sides spoke about the role of the OSCE in the resolution of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict. Serzh Sargsyan and Marc Perrin de Brichambaut attached great importance to the declarations on the NK conflict resolution made by the OSCE Ministers of Foreign Affairs and the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs in Helsinki. They agreed that belligerent statements cannot be conducive to the resolution of the existing problems and that the events of last August revealed once again dangers contained in the attempts to use brutal force for the resolution of conflicts.

The two sides spoke also about the economic and political reforms conducted in Armenia. Noting, that during his tenure in office President Sargsyan has undertaken bold and open-minded steps toward the implementation of the reforms, the OSCE Secretary General inquired in what particular areas the Organization could be helpful. The President of Armenia said that the authorities are determined to persistently move forward with the reforms which are integrated into his pre-election program and are consistent with the priorities of the political coalition.

At the meeting discussed was also the issue of the individuals held in custody in relation to the events of March1-2.

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