Vice Speaker of Parliament of Armenia receives Czech delegation led by defense minister
YEREVAN, APRIL 10, ARMENPRESS. Vice Speaker of Parliament of Armenia Lena Nazaryan on April 10 received the delegation led by Minister of Defense and Armed Forces of the Czech Republic Lubomir Metnar, the Armenian Parliament told Armenpress.
Chairman of the Armenian Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defense and Security Andranik Kocharyan attended the meeting.
Lubomir Metnar congratulated the Armenian people on the first anniversary of the Velvet revolution, noting that this year the Czech Republic celebrates the 30th anniversary of the velvet revolution. He highly assessed the fact that Armenia took the path of smooth changes and without violence.
The Minister has noted that Armenia is the important partner of the Czech Republic in the South Caucasus Region, expressing conviction that his meetings will also create fertile soil for the deepening of further cooperation.
Lena Nazaryan has underlined with satisfaction that during last years the bilateral political dialogue has been active, which is the result of the active work of the parliament and parliamentarians. The Vice Speaker of Parliament, informing that Armenia-Czech Republic Friendship Group had already been formed, evaluated the effective cooperation of the Armenian and Czech parliamentarians on the inter-parliamentary platforms.
“It is important that our colleagues show balanced position in the international organizations in the NK problem of vital significance for us, and its settlement we see exclusively through peaceful means, in the format of the OACSE Minsk Group Co-Chairs,” Lena Nazaryan said.
In this context Lubomir Metnar has stressed they are for the settlement of the problems exclusively through peaceful means and negotiations and they show balanced approach in the conflicts of the regional countries. He has underscored that his country backs the mediatory efforts going on by the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs.
Talking about the international recognition of the Armenian Genocide, Lena Nazaryan stressed with satisfaction the fact that in 2017 the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Parliament adopted the Resolution on recognizing and condemning the Armenian Genocide. In this context she highly assessed the visit of the Minister Lubomir Metnar to Tsitsernakaberd. “First of all, the recognition of the Armenian Genocide is directed to prevent the repetition of such crimes, it is of all-human importance,” Lena Nazaryan documented.
Touching upon the ratification of the Armenia-EU Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement the Vice Speaker expressed hope that it would be completely ratified by the Czech Republic in the near future.
The guest was interested in the discussion of the theme The Democratic Control of the Armenian Armed Forces held in the Parliament. Andranik Kocharyan presented details from the discussion, highly assessing the reports made by the representatives of the Czech Republic. The Committee Chair highly appreciated the Czech Minister’s visit to Armenia, especially in the context of signing the Agreement concerning the two countries’ military-technical cooperation. According to the MP, Armenia being CSTO member state highlights the cooperation with the NATO within the framework of the Individual Partnership Action Plan (IPAP), as well as the relations with the NATO member states.
Edited and translated by Aneta Harutyunyan