Armenia’s Ambassador to OSCE stressed importance of Switzerland’s mediation experience

The Armenian side welcomes the efforts of Switzerland, a country holding chairmanship of the OSCE, aimed at building confidence measures during the settlement of Karabakh conflict.

Head of Armenia’s mission to OSCE, Ambassador Arman Kirakosyan delivered a speech during a meeting dedicated to the Swiss OSCE chairmanship.

Ambassador presented Armenia’s priorities in organization’s activities in 2014. Responding to the statement of the OSCE Chairman Didier Burkhalter, Kirakosyan agreed with the Swiss side there was a need to learn lessons from past events.

He stressed that one and a half million Armenians were killed during the First World War. After the war, a new system of international security which is based on the principle of the right of peoples to self-determination was formed. This system gave life to many of the future members of the OSCE. Ideas of peace, security and the right to self-determination subsequently were reflected in the Helsinki Final Act.

Armenian diplomat stressed that confidence-building measures can be effective if the authorities and civil society of Nagorno Karabakh participate. He expressed support for Switzerland’s aspiration to help the OSCE Minsk Group, and in this context stressed that conflicts should be resolved through negotiations. He noted the importance of excluding the messages of violence, strengthening the ceasefire and respecting commitments.

The Ambassador stressed importance of Swiss experience in mediation and expressed hope that the Swiss Chairmanship will work transparently and in a spirit of partnership.