Swiss Ambassador to Armenia Lukas Gasser: Switzerland will try to contribute to a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict without questioning the established formats such as the OSCE Minsk process
by Ashot Safaryan
On October 30 President of the Armenian National Assembly Hovik Abrahamyan received the Delegation led by the Co-Chair of the European Union- Armenia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee (PCC) Milan Cabrnoch. The Co-Chair of Armenia- European Union Parliamentary Cooperation Committee Samvel Farmanyan was present at the meeting.
The press service of the Armenian National Assembly reports that welcoming the guests the NA President highlighted the further development of cooperation between the two parliaments and assured that the Armenian side was ready to deepen its relations with the European Union in all directions and possible formats. In his word, the European Union is one of the important counterparts of Armenia, and Armenia seeks to continue the comprehensive mutually beneficial cooperation with the European Union. "We are ready to advance our political agenda with our European counterparts," the NA President said. Mr Abrahamyan also touched upon Armenia's decision to joining the Customs Union. Touching upon the Resolution on Strengthening the European Neighbourhood Policy adopted by the European Parliament on October 23, the NA President expressed regret that one-sided and dangerous provisions had been in the resolution on the Nagorno Karabakh conflict. To his conviction, they do not only contradict the logic of the peaceful settlement of the conflict, but they also put under question the efforts made by the OSCE Minsk Group. "The problem for all of us is to promote the activation of the contacts between the societies, but not to sow hatred between the peoples of the neighbouring countries," Hovik Abrahamyan noted.
Milan Cabrnoch highlighted Armenia-European Union cooperation, noting that the European Union was concerned about deepening the political and economic cooperation with Armenia. In his word, Armenia is one of the most important counterparts, and they are ready to continue developing the relations within the framework of the Euronest, which is one of the most important instruments of the Eastern Partnership.
In the course of the meeting the sides discussed regional problems, also touched upon other issues of bilateral interest.
On Sept 3 Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan announced Armenia's decision to join the Customs Union.