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Germany assists Armenia both on democratic reforms agenda and in  peace process with Baku - Germany`s Deputy Ambassador to Armenia

Germany assists Armenia both on democratic reforms agenda and in  peace process with Baku - Germany`s Deputy Ambassador to Armenia

ArmInfo.Germany is pleased that they can play a mediating role in the process of normalizing  relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Germany's charge d'affaires in Armenia, Deputy Ambassador   Erik Tintrup , stated at a press conference in Yerevan on February 27.

In this vein, the diplomat recalled that a meeting of the foreign  ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan will be held in Berlin on  February 28-29. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the draft  peace treaty.  Speaking about Armenian-German relations, the diplomat  assured that that they are at a high level, as evidenced by the  intensity of mutual visits at the high and highest levels.

"This is evidenced by the visit of Bundestag MPs to Yerevan these  days." As the diplomat noted, they have been in Yerevan for the third  day now and are holding meetings at different levels. "They represent  all political forces represented in the country's parliament," he  added.

Regarding the criticism of journalists about the disproportionate  response of the collective West to Azerbaijan's aggression against  Armenia and Artsakh, Mr. Tintrup noted that he perfectly understands  the feelings of those gathered, since he has been in Armenia since  September 2022 (then Azerbaijan invaded the sovereign territory of  Armenia in several directions, ed. note).

At the same time, the diplomat emphasized that Germany expressed its  position on what was happening at the level of its Foreign Minister  Annalena Baerbock during the last meeting of the UN Security Council,  convened by France on the situation around Artsakh.

"FM Baerbock also expressed the position of our government during her  last year's visit to Armenia," he noted.

At the same time, the Deputy Ambassador recalled that today Germany  is providing assistance to Armenia in two main areas: promoting the  agenda of democratic reforms in the country and the peace process  between Yerevan and Baku.

"Anything beyond this requires additional coordination with all EU  member states," the diplomat concluded.

During an extraordinary meeting of the UN Security Council on the  situation in Nagorno-Karabakh on September 22, 2023, German Foreign  Minister Annalena Baerbock stated that Azerbaijan had chosen the path  of military force. "We actively condemn the attack by Baku and call  for a complete cessation of all hostilities. A lot of people died in  just two days, thousands were forced to flee their homes. We took  note of the reports of a ceasefire, but now a complete cessation of  violence is necessary. Azerbaijan bears responsibility to fully  ensure the protection of the civilian population, especially  children, who live in Nagorno-Karabakh.

The exodus of ethnic Armenians from Nagorno-Karabakh is unacceptable.  The territorial integrity and sovereignty of both Armenia and  Azerbaijan should not be questioned. It is difficult to imagine the  difficulties and hardships that the residents of Nagorno-Karabakh  endure in the months after the Baku authorities simply closed the  Lachin corridor. The shops are empty, there is no medicine, there is  no electricity or fuel," she noted then.

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