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Presentation on Armenian Foreign Policy at the Austrian Parliament

01.03.2017

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On 1st of March, 2017, a presentation titled "Armenia's unique path: Challenges and Opportunities" by Hon. Mr. Tevan Poghosyan, Member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia, took place at the Austrian Parliament. It was co-organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in Vienna together with the "Austria Institute for European and Security Policy" (AIES).

The event, dedicated to the 25th Anniversary of the establishing the diplomatic relations between Armenia and Austria, attended representatives of the National and Federal Councils of Austria, ambassadors, diplomats, politicians, representatives of the Armenian community.

H.E. Dr. Werner Fasslabend, President of AIES and the former Minister of Defense, opened the event with opening remarks. The head of the parliamentarian club of the Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) and member of the Austrian-Armenian parliamentary group, Dr. Reinhold Lopatka, addressed the auditory with a short overview about the developments of interparliamentary ties between the two countries over the course of the past 25 years and emphasized the necessity to further strengthening these relations. He stressed that the joint statement of April 2015, in which the club leaders of all six parliamentary parties recognized as Genocide and condemned the violence and massacred of the Armenians and their expulsion through the Ottoman Empire, was a case in point when the opinions of all the parties represented in the Parliament reunited.

The opening remarks followed the keynote speech of the deputy of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia, who explained the geopolitical situation and priorities of the foreign policy of Armenia. Mr. Poghosyan discussed the specificities of the cooperation of Armenia with the CSTO, EAEU from hand, and the NATO and the EU – from another hand.

Replying the questions of participants of the event, Mr. Poghosyan spoke of the century-old struggle of people of Armenian Artsakh for independence and self-determination, of the complex problems, averting establishment of peace and of the complicated situation which arose after the Azerbaijani aggression in April 2016. He also told about how the Azerbaijani former and current authorities has been failed to comply with the agreements and tried to mislead the international community.

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