YEREVAN, APRIL 30, ARMENPRESS. Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan made a statement to the press after his meeting with his Georgian counterpart Ilia Darchiashvili, who arrived in Armenia for an official visit.
The statement says:
“Honourable Mr. Darchiashvili,
I would like to welcome my colleague Ilia Darchiashvili, the Foreign Minister of Georgia, who is in Yerevan for his first official visit, and congratulate him once again and wish him every success in his duties as Minister of Foreign Affairs from Georgia.
This year we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between our countries. The friendship between Armenia and Georgia is based on common values and strong historical ties born deep in the centuries, and I would like to say that since independence we have developed close cooperation with Georgia in almost all the domains. The development of privileged neighborly relations between our countries and the deepening of multifaceted cooperation is one of the important priorities of Armenia’s foreign policy, included in the government program.
I would like to say with satisfaction that there is a high level of political dialogue and cooperation within bilateral and multilateral platforms between Armenia and Georgia. This is demonstrated by the regular reciprocal visits at the highest level, the effective cooperation in the political, economic, communication, security and humanitarian fields, as well as within international organisations, of which we have had in-depth discussions with my colleague .
Armenia attaches great importance to joint efforts for the general development and promotion in the region, another manifestation of which is the cooperation between our countries in the effort to establish the “International Transport and Transit Corridor Persian Gulf- deep sea”.
Today, we also discussed issues of regional and international security and stability.
I presented in detail to my colleague the situation around the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and Armenia’s position on the processes aimed at establishing regional peace and stability and on the negotiations of a comprehensive peace agreement with the ‘Azerbaijan. In this context, I underlined the mediating role of the co-chairmanship of the OSCE Minsk Group in advancing the peace process aimed at resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
I should mention that the humanitarian issues are still unresolved. In violation of international humanitarian law and the provisions of the Trilateral Declaration of November 9, Azerbaijan continues to illegally hold Armenian prisoners of war and civilians hostage. Of particular significance is the desecration and destruction of the identity of Armenian cultural and religious heritage by Azerbaijan in the territories that fell under its control as a result of the 44-day war. The latest example is the desecration of St. Harutyun Church in Hadrut. For the prevention of these recurring cases of vandalism, currently the visit of the UNESCO evaluation mission to the region is urgent as before.
I welcome you once again to Yerevan. I am convinced that the friendly relations established between our countries, as well as the fraternal ties between the Armenian and Georgian peoples, constitute a solid basis for strengthening and developing the existing partnership achievements”.