Armenia will attend NATO workshop in Baku if provided security guarantees

Lena Badeyan
Public Radio of Armenia

Armenia will attend NATO’s Rose Roth workshop in Baku, if the latter provides security guarantees.

“Two delegates from Armenia will attend the seminar if Baku gives security guarantees,” Head of the Armenian delegation to NATO Parliamentary Assembly Koryun Nahapetyan told reporters today. He added that Armenia has proposed to hold the next seminar in Armenia in 2015.

The Armenian delegation participated in the meeting of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly held in Vilnius from May 30 to June 1.

At the sitting of the Political Commission of the Assembly the Armenian delegation raised the issue of Syria, particularly the attacks on Armenian-populated Kessab, in which Turkey was involved. The question was meant to reveal what steps NATO was going to take to prevent such steps by NATO member states.

“We expressed our concern over the fact that radical Islamist forces penetrated into Syria and said that according to our information, the Turkish government provided financial assistance to those radical forces. The Turkish delegate immediately reacted, noting that they played no role in the attacks on Kessab and Aleppo. Unfortunately, no response followed on the part of the rapporteur,” Koryun Nahapetyan said.

He added that it would be naive to expect anyone in NATO to openly reproach Turkey. “Maybe, this takes place behind closed doors, but it’s a different question,” he added.

The Armenian delegates noted that “NATO is ready to expand the bilateral relations with Armenia to the extent Armenia will considers proper.”

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