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Armenian, Azerbaijani leaders accept Minsk Group Co-Chairs’ proposal to meet ‘soon’
/Mar 1/ArmenPress.am/

YEREVAN – Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev have accepted the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs’ proposal to meet soon under their auspices around the NK issue, Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, Stéphane Visconti of France, and Andrew Schofer of the United States of America) said in a statement.

“The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, Stéphane Visconti of France, and Andrew Schofer of the United States of America) met with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in Yerevan on 20 February and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in Baku on 21 February to discuss preparations for a meeting of the leaders in the near future, including possible topics for discussion.

The Co-Chairs also held discussions with the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan in their respective capitals. The Co-Chairs were joined by the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Andrzej Kasprzyk. During the meetings in the region, the leaders briefed the Co-Chairs on their recent conversation on the margins of the World Economic Forum in Davos in January. The leaders and the Co-Chairs discussed the situation on the ground and their expectations for next steps. The Co-Chairs assessed positively the continuing lack of casualties on the line of contact. They also welcomed the developing discussions in the region about preparing populations for peace. The leaders accepted the Minsk Group Co-Chairs‘proposal to meet soon under their auspices. Following their visit to the region, the Co-Chairs and the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office travelled to Vienna and Bratislava from 28 February to 1 March to brief the Permanent Representatives of the OSCE Minsk Group countries, OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger, and OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák”, the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs said in a statement.


Artsakh’s involvement in European programs discussed between Ombudsman and EU officials, organizations
/Mar 8/ArmenPress.am/

YEREVAN, MARCH 8, ARMENPRESS. From March 6 to March 8, Human Rights Defender of Artsakh Artak Beglaryan in Brussels met with members of the European Parliament, EU officials and non-governmental organizations, discussing issues about raising Artsakh’s involvement in European programs, the Artsakh Ombudsman’s Office said in a news release.

During the meetings, A. Beglaryan emphasized that regardless of the political status, Artsakh residents should have the opportunity to participate especially in European programs concerning human rights.

He attached importance to the active involvement of both the European Union and European non-governmental organizations in the promotion of democracy and civil society and the protection of human rights in Artsakh.

The Ombudsman discussed with the representatives of some non-governmental organizations the possibilities of further cooperation by getting concrete agreements in that direction.

As a reminder, on March 6, the current and former Human Rights Ombudsmen of Republic of Artsakh Artak Beglaryan and Ruben Melikyan participated in the European Parliament panel discussion on “Armenophobia: historical and present-day resurgence” organized by Armenian European Federation of Justice and Democracy and Tufenkyan Foundation with the support of the member of the European Parliament Elene Theocharous.

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