A reception dedicated to the 22nd anniversary of Armenia’s independence was held at the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Armenia at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.
Armenia’s Permanent Representative at the Council of Europe, Ambassador Armen Papikyan offered opening remarks. He underlined that “for the first time after gaining independence Armenia has assumed the presidency of an organization like the Council of Europe, which is kind of confirmation of the full-fledged statehood.”
One of the achievements of the 22-year-old independence is that Armenia is able contribute to the joint efforts of further development and reinforcement of the European value system and the settlement of issues of pan-European importance.
Attending the event were high-ranking officials of the Council of Europe, diplomats, representatives of the local-self government bodies of Strasbourg, NGOs and the Armenian community.