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Naira Badalian

Armenia expects political support of Czech Republic in the issue of  visa liberalization with EU

Armenia expects political support of Czech Republic in the issue of  visa liberalization with EU

ArmInfo. "I highlight the development of the Armenian-Czech friendly relations, the cooperation on the international platforms," the Head of the NA Friendship Group  Armenia-Czech Republic Artur Hovhannisyan said about this during the  meeting with the delegation led by the First Vice-President of the  Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic Jiri Ruzicka.  

As the press service of the RA NA reports, referring to the cooperation of  parliaments, Artur Hovhannisyan stressed the need to further deepen  and expand the cooperation.

Speaking about the Republic of Armenia-European Union Comprehensive  and Enhanced Partnership Agreement, Artur Hovhannisyan considered the  turning point for Armenia a year before its entry into force: "It  opens new perspectives for us not only in terms of cooperation with  the countries of the European Union, but also in terms of cooperation  with the Czech Republic." The deputy underlined that the Armenian  side expects the political support of the Czech Republic in  liberalization of visas, taking into account that the Czech Republic  will assume the presidency of the Council of the European Union.  The  deputy reminded that today the fourth meeting of the Council of the  RA-EU Partnership is held in Brussels presided over by the RA Foreign  Minister Ararat Mirzoyan.

The Armenian parliamentarians spoke about the persons held as  captives in Azerbaijan after the 44-day war. It was noted that the  Azerbaijanis often endanger and destroy the Armenian historical,  cultural and spiritual values in the territories under the control of  Azerbaijan. The Armenian parliamentarians emphasized the importance  of the support of the Czech Republic in those issues.

Speaking about the current situation in the region, Artur  Hovhannisyan stated that Armenia is committed to the agenda of the  establishment of peace in the region, it continues discussions on the  status of Artsakh and sees the resolution exclusively within the  framework of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairmanship.

Touching upon the recognition of the Armenian Genocide, the Head of  the NA Friendship Group Armenia-Czech Republic thanked the colleagues  for recognizing and condemning the Armenian Genocide by the Senate.

The First Vice-President of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech  Republic noted that such meetings contribute to the deepening of  bilateral relations, the development of cooperation in different  fields. According to Jiri Ruzicka, they follow the democratic process  in Armenia, including within the framework of legislative reforms.

Referring to the issue of preservation of Christian monuments in the  territory of the Nagorno Karabakh, the Czech parliamentarians  expressed hope that the UN will be able to enter those territories  and assist in their protection.

The sides discussed the possibilities of cooperation in the media  sphere, highlighted the exchange of experience. The existence of free  media in the development process of democracy was underlined.

Presenting the current situation in the sphere, Artur Hovhannisyan  noted that the majority of the media sphere in Armenia belongs to the  opposition, and now there is a problem of depoliticizing the media  outlets.

The deputy Sona Ghazaryan stressed the importance of transparency of  financing in the media sphere and spoke about the need for the  legislative amendments aimed at regulating the sphere.

The Vice-Chairperson of the Standing Senate Commission on Media David  Smoljak presented the Czech experience in the sphere, the  implementing work.

The members of the NA Friendship Group Armenia-Czech Republic Sona  Ghazaryan and Meri Galstyan, the representatives of the Standing  Senate Commission on Media were present at the meeting. 

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