Foreign Minister Addresses UN


NEW YORK (ArmeniaNow) — Armenia welcomes the resolution of the Security Council, which could lead to “the elimination of chemical weapons and exclusion of their use in Syria and pave the way to a political solution of the Syrian crisis, putting an end to the sufferings of the Syrian people”, said Armenian Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian, addressing the 68th United Nations General Assembly in New York on Saturday.

“Armenia remains alarmed by the worsening of the humanitarian situation in Syria. The number of refugees Armenia continues to receive already exceeds ten thousand, but tens of thousands of Syrian-Armenians still remain in that country that has become their second home after the Genocide of 1915, and they are struggling for their survival in unbearable conditions together with their Syrian countrymen,” Nalbandian said, in part.

Among other issues in his speech the Armenian minister also referred to the Karabagh issue, accusing Azerbaijan of obstructing peace.

“Azerbaijan is pretending that the international community shares its approaches and it shares the approaches of the international community. In reality, Azerbaijan is continuously rejecting all proposals of the internationally mandated OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair countries. Baku rejected all versions of the Basic Principles of the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict proposed by the Co-Chairs of the Minsk Group, including those presented at the Kazan (June 2011), Sochi (March 2011), Astrakhan (October 2011) and Saint Petersburg (June 2010) summits,” said Nalbandian.

He also referred to the recent statement by President Ilham Aliyev in which, he said, the Azeri leader “once again came up with new threats against Armenia and Nagorno-Karabahh and claimed Armenian territories, including almost three thousand years old capital city Yerevan.”

“Regardless of Azerbaijan’s destructive stance, Armenia will continue its efforts towards the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict exclusively through peaceful means and on the basis of the purposes, principles and norms reflected in the UN Charter and the provisions of L’Aquila, Muskoka, Deauville, Los Cabos and Enniskillen statements of the three Co-Chair countries’ Presidents,” emphasized Nalbandian.