ArmInfo.On June 7, Vice Speaker of the National Assembly of Armenia Hakob Arshakyan received Chairman of Foreign Affairs Committee of the German Bundestag Michael Roth. This was reported by the press service of the Armenian Parliament.
The source notes that the meeting was attended by Chairman of the Armenia-Germany Friendship Group Vladimir Vardanyan and Chairman of the NA Commission on Foreign Relations Sarkis Khandanyan. Welcoming the guest, the NA Vice Speaker stressed the importance of developing friendly relations between Armenia and Germany, pointing to the expansion of cooperation between the RA National Assembly and the Bundestag.
Touching upon the bilateral cooperation, the NA Vice Speaker emphasized that Germany is Armenia's largest trade and economic partner among the EU countries. Hakob Arshakyan highly appreciated Germany's assistance to Armenia's democratic agenda.
<Armenia attaches great importance to the implementation of the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement between the EU and Armenia, as well as to the fact that Germany is among the 6 EU countries that have joined forces with the European Investment Bank for the benefit of the development of the Syunik region of Armenia>, the NA Vice Speaker stressed , highly appreciating the Armenian- German decentralized cooperation.
Presenting regional challenges, Hakob Arshakyan noted that on December 12, 2022, Azerbaijan closed the Lachin corridor, the only road connecting Nagorno-Karabakh with Armenia and the outside world, as a result of which 120,000 Armenians are actually under blockade. According to the Vice Speaker of the National Assembly, these actions of Azerbaijan contradict the obligations assumed by the tripartite statement of November 9, 2020, and grossly violate the legally binding decision of the International Court of Justice. "At first it was an artificial environmental action, but since April 23, Azerbaijan has already established a checkpoint and officially blocked the Lachin corridor," Arshakyan said. He also spoke about 38 Armenian prisoners of war in Azerbaijan. "We hope that the EU commitment to support the return of prisoners will be successful," the NA Vice Speaker noted, stressing that Azerbaijan's anti-Armenian policy does not change.
A few days ago, while delivering food, two Armenian servicemen were kidnapped, against whom false criminal cases were initiated in Azerbaijan. According to Hakob Arshakyan, Armenia is advancing the agenda of opening an era of peace in the region. "We are making efforts both towards unblocking regional infrastructures and transport routes, as well as demarcation and security of borders," the NA Vice Speaker stressed, reiterating that Armenia has no territorial claims against its neighbors. "On behalf of Armenia, I would like to welcome Germany's efforts aimed at strengthening peace and stability in the region, creating an atmosphere of mutual trust, as well as promoting regional cooperation," Hakob Arshakyan stressed.
Emphasizing the deployment of the long-term EU monitoring mission in the country, the Vice Speaker of the National Assembly thanked the German government for supporting this decision. Referring to the five-sided meeting held in Chisinau on June 1 within the framework of the European Political Community summit with the participation of the Prime Minister of Armenia, the Presidents of Azerbaijan, France and the German Chancellor, President of the European Council, Hakob Arshakyan welcomed the efforts of Germany in ensuring the Armenian-Azerbaijani dialogue.
Expressing gratitude for the reception, the chairman of the Bundestag Committee on Foreign Relations conveyed greetings from the chairman of the German Bundestag, noting that the latter attaches great importance to the development of bilateral relations not only at the governmental level, but also at the interstate and inter-parliamentary levels.
Michael Roth agreed with the point of view of the Armenian parliamentarians that a lasting peace should be established in the region. He stressed the support of both the European Union and the German government in ensuring the speedy return of prisoners to their homeland.
l Roth noted that he had publicly criticized the blockade of the Lachin corridor several times and considered non-compliance with the decision of the International Court of Justice unacceptable. <I think this should be implemented immediately and the corridor should be opened. The Armenian population of Nagorno-Karabakh must continue to live in security, its security and rights must be ensured, no risk of ethnic cleansing should be tolerated ," the German MP expressed the opinion.