Safarov’s release unacceptable to CoE Secretary General

Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian had a meeting with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland on the sidelines of the 67th session of the UN General Assembly. The parties discussed the preparations ahead of Armenian’s presidency of the Council of Europe next year and the process of elaboration of the priorities of Armenia’s presidency, issues related to the reforms inside the organization and implementation of the Armenia-CoE Action Plan.

Touching upon the release and glorification of Azerbaijani murderer Ramil Safarov, the CoE Secretary General described it as “unacceptable.” In this respect Minister Nalbandian highly appreciated the unequivocal condemning statements of the Secretary General and different structures of the organization.

The Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Russia Edward Nalbandian and Sergey  Lavrov exchanged views on the situation created as a result of the release of murderer Safarov and the continuation of the process of peaceful settlement of the Karabakh issue.  Nalbandian and Lavrov discussed a number of issues on the agenda of Armenian-Russian relations – the process of implementation of the agreements reached between the leaders of the two countries, the steps to be taken towards reinforcement of strategic partnership.

Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian and OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zanier discussed issues related to the process of settlement of the Karabakh issue and the preparations for the forthcoming OSCE Ministerial in Dublin.

The Armenian and Belarusian Foreign Ministers Edward Nalbandian and Vladimir Makey discussed the cooperation within the framework of the CSTO, CIS and other international structures, the steps taken towards expansion of economic cooperation.

During the meeting with Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos the parties praised the high level of Armenian-Greek cooperation. The interlocutors discussed the process of implementation of the agreements reached during the

Armenian President’s state visit to Greece last year.

The interlocutors touched upon the cooperation between Armenia and the Council of Europe and the progress registered within that framework. The Greek Foreign Minister presented the steps taken to overcome the consequences of the economic crisis.

The Armenian and Iranian Foreign Ministers discussed a wide range of issues related to bilateral relations, the regional and international developments.

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