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Lukáš Parízek at the Talks in Armenia

Lukáš Parízek at the Talks in Armenia

21.11.2018 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov |

The objective of the working visit to Yerevan on 20-22 November 2018 is Slovakia’s Chairmanship in the OSCE in 2019, as well as the support for bilateral economic relations between Slovakia and Armenia. The talks between Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and Special Representative of the Minister for the Slovakia’s OSCE Chairmanship, and Deputy Ministers for Foreign Affairs of Armenia concentrated on the cooperation of the two countries, as well as their relations with the European Union.
 

 

During its OSCE Chairmanship, Slovakia will reflect the current security developments in the South Caucasus region. The frozen armed conflicts that feed on the lack of mutual trust between the affected parties will also be among the priorities of Slovakia’s Chairmanship. “Our key role is to coordinate and endorse activities and consultation processes among participating states that expect we will take into account an entire spectrum of opinions," stated Parízek. 

 


With Ashot Hovakimian, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia, State Secretary Parízek discussed security issues focused on the role of the OSCE also in resolving the regional Nagorno-Karabakh conflict during the Slovak Chairmanship in 2019.
 

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has claimed many lives so far, causing a large wave of refugees. In 1995 the two states agreed on peace talks mediated by the OSCE Minsk Group. “It is one of the challenges for every OSCE Chairmanship,” underlined Parízek.
 

The talks with Garen Nazarian confirmed the mutual interest of the two parties in economic cooperation as well. “Slovakia supports further development of the historically good bilateral relations. We are interested in the economy, in which the total foreign trade turnover significantly increased in the first half of 2018,” stated Parízek. They also touched upon the current state of the new CEPA (Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement) framework agreement between the European Union and Armenia, which is currently being ratified by the EU member states, including Slovakia.