ArmInfo. Armenia should pursue an active foreign policy, develop cooperation with all states, no matter big or small, and especially with its friendly neighbors - Georgia and Iran. Armenian President Armen Sarkissian said this in an interview with journalists, summing up the results of his visit to Tbilisi.
At the same time, he added that diplomacy should to some extent actively work with countries unfriendly to Armenia, but relations with friends should be in a special place.
"We must be able to show the world that even after the war we are strong. You can lose 5 wars, but each time get on your feet, go forward and win. We won 26 years ago, but we did not work much, did not take seriously these issues, we decided that this victory is forever, and so on. But we must take defeat so seriously, stand on our feet and move forward together. You cannot win in life if there is a split, "he said. The Armenian President added that during his meetings in Georgia he presented in detail the position of Armenia on the war, how it happened and why. "Of course, we must not forget about our prisoners and hostages. Unfortunately, the enemy uses their life, their captivity as a trump card. This is unacceptable from the point of view of international law. I will always raise this issue until it is resolved. When you speak about this here, not only the President of Georgia, the people, but also the international community hears it, "Sarkissian said.
The President noted that regional cooperation was discussed at the meetings: "It is very important to take steps so that stability reigns in the region. And stability without a just and final solution to the Artsakh issue will be almost impossible."
Speaking about the proposal of the President of Georgia to become a platform for dialogue between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Sarkissian said: "This is not the first time the Georgian side has offered to be a platform where the parties can negotiate. This is an honest proposal, although it is not yet clear to me who will hold this conversation and what topics it will touch upon.
Before talking about any serious interstate negotiations, the opposing side must show at least an elementary human attitude. Even if you are an enemy and an adversary, you should not block the paths for future dialogue. " At the same time, noting the importance of regional stability, Sarkissian pointed to the existence of many problems in Armenia after the war and against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic. "Therefore, when we talk about regional security, it means health security, political, military, information or cyber security, right up to food security. These are problems for everyone, but primarily for a country like ours, which is under siege. ", the RA President said. Referring to the fact that discussions on Karabakh were held in the Georgian parliament, the president stated that, of course, Georgia is worried about new regional realities. "If you think that the Artsakh problem is only our issue, then you are mistaken. Until this issue has received a fair, final solution, it will be difficult to talk about stability and predictability. So, this is everyone's problem. The Artsakh problem is not the only problem in the South Caucasus. Therefore, we ourselves should be interested not only in the Artsakh issue, relations with Turkey and Azerbaijan, but also to be sensitive to the problems of friendly countries. I believe that we need to deepen our relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran and Georgia.
At the same time, he said that during the meetings all possible programs, proposals, all possible transport solutions and schemes were discussed. "We discussed all this with the President. In the end, Armenia should become not a dead end, but a crossroads. If we can make Armenia a crossroads ... But besides this abstract desire, there are a lot of difficulties. How are you going to open the way with Turkey, with Azerbaijan? "Before opening the way, it is necessary to take a thousand and one steps, the first must be from Azerbaijan, it must be from Turkey," the head of state said. Referring to the discussion in Armenia on the need to establish long-term peace in the region and establish relations with Turkey and Azerbaijan, Sarkissian recalled that his position on the issues of relations with Ankara and the Armenian Genocide is well known. "As for Azerbaijan, we are not in the same position. Before we talk about anything with Azerbaijan, we first need to return our boys and girls, then we will think about the next step.
The restoration or normalization of bilateral relations cannot occur at the expense of one side, at our expense. I will not be able to forget the Genocide, put aside the difficulties, misfortunes and history of our people for more than 100 years, if the other side does not take any steps towards it, does not recognize or apologize, etc. When this happens, then we will think, and then you will ask me a question, "the RA President said. In conclusion, the head of state pointed out that there are many opportunities for the development of economic relations between Armenia and Georgia. "Georgia, for example, has customs advantages with China and the European Union, and Armenia with the Eurasian Economic Union. Imagine a Georgian- Armenian joint venture capable of selling its products with customs privileges in the EU or China. And vice versa, an Armenian-Georgian enterprise, which can sell goods in the Eurasian space. Or cooperation in the field of health care, in the field of science, from new technologies to the fight against COVID. I can assure you that if Armenia and Georgia propose joint projects that are bilateral, have bilateral investments, are infrastructural, then many investors, international financial institutions, starting with the European Bank, the World Bank, will be happy to finance, even private individuals. Joint projects are much more attractive than small ones, "he concluded.