ArmInfo. On September 22, Vice-Speaker of the National Assembly, head of the Armenia-Czech parliamentary friendship group Eduard Sharmazanov met with the delegation of the Czech parliament headed by Robin Bonisch. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic to Armenia Petr Mikyska also attended the meeting.
Sharmazanov greeted the guests and congratulated Bonisch on receiving the high award of the President of the Republic of Armenia - the medal "Mkhitar Gosh" and stressed that his personal contribution to the development of inter-parliamentary relations and the adoption by the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Parliament on April 25, 2017 of the resolution on recognition of the Armenian Genocide.
"Your initiative was the initiative of a courageous man, faithful to ideological and democratic values, which was appreciated by our country, authorities and people," said the vice speaker of the National Assembly.
Touching upon the stable development of the relations between the two countries, Eduard Sharmazanov noted that this is a good example of how Armenia, being a part of the EEU, can have developing relations with the EU member states. In this context, the Vice Speaker expressed his readiness to continue promoting the further development and deepening of the Armenian-Czech inter-parliamentary relations.
Sharmazanov touched upon the Armenian-Turkish relations and the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. "Our message to the civilized world is clear: Turkey's preconditions, its whims in football diplomacy are unacceptable for us in the Armenian-Turkish relations." In Erdogan's view, we see an incomprehensible and retreating administration," Sharmazanov said, adding that Azerbaijan continues the ideological line of Turkey.
As for the Karabakh problem, according to the NA Vice Speaker, the speech of the President of Azerbaijan at the UN General Assembly showed that the Azerbaijan, which openly propagandizes Armenanphobia, whose whole ideology relies on racism and Armenian-hatred.
The Vice Speaker of the National Assembly of Armenia confirmed that Armenia is committed to democratic values and is steadily moving towards the development of democracy. Robin Bonish congratulated the Armenian people on the 26th anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Armenia. "I've been visiting Armenia for 10 years and loved your country very much. Yesterday I noticed what changes have taken place over the past year, how your country has developed," said the head of the Czech-Armenia friendship group.
Speaking about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, he noted: "Over the past few years, the position of the Armenian side in the settlement of the Artsakh conflict has become more acceptable in the Czech Republic."
After the meeting with the vice speaker, the members of the Czech delegation visited the Tsitsernakaberd memorial complex and honored the memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide.