We will show that Artsakh meets all necessary parameters for int’l recognition – Perm. Rep.
YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 2, ARMENPRESS. ARMENPRESS News Agency interviewed Mr. Sergey Ghazaryan on the occasion of his appointment as Permanent Representative of the Republic of Artsakh in the Republic of Armenia.
Ghazaryan graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Artsakh and in the RA permanent representation abroad, was Member of the RA National Assembly of the 5th convocation, Deputy Chief of the Standing Committee on Foreign Relations of the Artsakh Parliament.
— Mr. Ghazaryan, this year on July 29 President of the Republic of Artsakh Arayik Harutiunyan signed a degree on your appointment as Permanent Representative of the Republic of Artsakh in the Republic of Armenia. How have you perceived this appointment?
-Each Artsakh citizen, regardless his or her age, gender and profession, is ready to serve for the good of the people and state to the best of knowledge, experience and competence. I have taken my appointment as Permanent Representative of the Republic of Artsakh in the Republic of Armenia with full responsibility and readiness to serve the Republic of Artsakh.
— Could you please tell us about the priorities of your activity? What new are you planning to bring to the work of the Permanent Representative? And in general, we would like to know about specifics of the work of the representative of the de-jure not recognized republic.
-Speaking about the priorities of the activity of our representation, I would like first of all noting the deepening integration processes between the two Armenian states, guided by the 2020-2025 Program of the President of the Republic of Artsakh, and the perception of our common future that has already been firmly entrenched both in the public consciousness and in the vision of the authorities.
One of the most important aspects of our activity is establishment and development of friendly relations with foreign countries and international organizations represented in the Republic of Armenia. Another important function is to properly represent the Republic of Artsakh in Armenia, as well as to provide information about Artsakh to the whole world through various organizations, operating here. For instance, many businessmen and tourists, visiting Armenia, make decisions on establishing economic ties with Artsakh or traveling to our country here, just at place.
As for the specifics of the work as a representative of the de-jure non-recognized republic, I would like to ensure that we will do our best to show in practice that the de-facto existing state, i.e. the Republic of Artsakh, meets all necessary parameters for international recognition.
— How would you estimate the level of official relations between the authorities of the Republic of Artsakh and the Republic of Armenia?
-The official relations between the authorities of the Republic of Artsakh and the Republic of Armenia are of the highest level, and they are based not only on the trust and mutual understanding, but also on the vision of the common future of the two Armenian states. In this connection I would like to stress once again that the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Artsakh are two component parts of the united motherland.
The Republic of Armenia is a guarantor of security of the Republic of Artsakh. In the meantime the Artsakh people stand side by side with compatriots in Armenia. We are in the common security system, closely integrated in the financial, economic and legal fields with Armenia.
— How pressing is at present the question of recognition of the Republic of Artsakh by the Republic of Armenia? What kind of steps will be taken by the Republic of Artsakh for international recognition?
-First of all, I would like to point out that the international recognition of the Republic of Artsakh is not an end in itself, but rather a means for strengthening security of Artsakh and creating favorable conditions for the peaceful development of its citizens. That is why we are aimed at recognition by the whole international community as an additional political and diplomatic resource to provide peace in the region. The activity aimed for the international recognition of Artsakh is an aggregate of interconnected steps, performed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Artsakh. And today, September 2, I would like to congratulate all our compatriots on the occasion of the Day of Proclamation of the Republic of Artsakh and wish our people and state well-being, peaceful skies and prosperity.
At the same time the recent Azerbaijani aggression against Armenia in the Tavush region proved the urgency of giving a new impetus to security cooperation between the two Armenian states, which was confirmed by the authorities of the Republic of Armenia and Republic of Artsakh. In this context we attach great importance for developing a legal framework for cooperation in this area, taking into account common security challenges facing both sides.
— Artsakh is an important part of the Armenia-Artsakh-Diaspora trinity. What do you intend to undertake for further consolidation of this strategically important unity?
-The Armenia-Artsakh-Diaspora trinity is a de facto system of existence of the Armenian people and the united Armenian statehood. Our future depends on the effective functioning of each part of this system and its entity. We all remember well the earthquake of 1988, beginning of the Karabakh Movement, the 1991-1994 war, the April war of 2016, recent incidents in Tavush and the last tragic event in Beirut. In all these cases we were together and thanks to this unity we have been able to get out of the most complicated and difficult situations. So the solidarity of the Armenian world is the key to our future achievements and victories.