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Minister of National Defence discussed security situation in the South Caucasus with President of Armenia

2012.06.25
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On June 25, Monday, Minister of National Defence R. Juknevičienė met with President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan during the visit in Armenia. The meeting officials focused on regional security points.

 

President of Armenia looked back on the initial causes and progress of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, as well as Armenia’s efforts to resolve the conflict by peaceful measures. He pointed out the efforts of the international community and the role of the Minsk Group. “Only the impartial position of the international community can contribute to a peaceful resolution process,” S. Sargsyan stressed.

 

Lithuanian Minister accentuated that Lithuania’s position fully coincides with the posture of the international community: the conflict can only be resolved by applying peaceful measures and no “status quo” is acceptable.

 

Minister of National Defence reminded about Lithuania’s efforts to contribute to the solution of the conflict during the Lithuanian Presidency for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and highlighted that the focus will not be shifted away from the region during the EU Presidency. One of the priorities for Lithuania’s EU Presidency is the Eastern partnership. “Peace and stability in the South Caucasus is an integral part of the security of Europe,” R.Juknevičienė said.

 

Minister of Defence also discussed security situation in the region and relations with neighbouring countries with Foreign Minister of Armenia Edvard Nalbandyan.

 

“We would like to continue the cooperation with the countries of your region”, said R. Juknevičienė.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia presented his country’s position in regard of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and other relevant points of foreign affairs.

 

Later on Lithuanian Minister presented the major energy security projects undertaken by the Government of Lithuania, underlined the significance of the Baltic defence cooperation, and noted that Poland and Lithuania were strategic partners in defence sector.

 

On Monday R. Juknevičienė also met with His Holiness Karekin II Surpreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians and honored the Armenian genocide victims at the Genocide Memorial.

 

Ugnė Naujokaitytė, PR Advisor to the Minister of National Defence, 00370 640 45376.

 

Photos:

 

Main: Minister R. Juknevičienė meeting President of Armenia S. Sargsyan (courtesy of the Armenian President’s Office)

2,3: Minister R. Juknevičienė honoring the Armenian genocide victims at the Genocide Memorial (U. Naujokaitytė.)

4: Minister R. Juknevičienė meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia Edvard Nalbandyan ( U. Naujokaitytė)

5: Minister R. Juknevičienė meeting with His Holiness Karekin II Surpreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians (U. Naujokaitytė)

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