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FRIENDSHIP WITH ARTSAKH WILL BE CONTINUOUS
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FRIENDSHIP WITH ARTSAKH WILL BE CONTINUOUS

Ruzan ISHKHANYAN

                   Speaker of the National Assembly of Artsakh Ashot Ghulyan on March 15 invited reporters to a press conference to present the results of the visits of his delegation to the kingdoms of Belgium and the Netherlands. Firstly, the initiative of the Federation of Armenian Organizations in Hague was noted. They exchanged thoughts with the representatives of the 5 political forces of the Netherlands Parliament who have been invited to speak on the foreign policy of their parties. Ashot Ghulyan talked about the processes taking place in the Republic of Artsakh and then answered their questions. The NA Speaker sees a field of work with the Kingdom of the Netherlands which is one of the leading European countries. A few years ago, President of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Bako Sahakyan visited the Netherlands and several MPs from the Netherlands visited Artsakh, but the cooperation was not continuous. Ghulyan considers it possible to establish institutional relations with the Dutch parliament. The Dutch people were mostly interested in the process of peaceful settlement of the Azerbaijani-Karabakh conflict, the economic potential of our country. Both sides expressed readiness to exchange information.

A number of meetings were related to the conference held on March 6 in the European Parliament, initiated by Member of European Parliament Eleni Theocharous, supported by the European Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy (EAFJD) and the Tufenkian Foundation. The Speaker of the Artsakh Republic National Assembly was invited to the conference as an honorary guest. The theme of the conference “Armenophobia: historical and present-day resurgence”, was not only topical in terms of the settlement of the Karabakh conflict, but also challenging Europe and the whole world from the point of view of demonstrating anti - xenophobia. In addition to Ghulyan, members of the delegation, Artsakh’s Human Rights Defender Artak Beglaryan, former Ombudsman Ruben Melikyan also made speeches.

The subject of the general discussion was the political persecution by Azerbaijan against blogger Alexander Lapshin.

Some Azerbaijani students also took part in the conference, who tried to disguise their participation.

The Speaker of the Artsakh Republic National Assembly Ashot Ghulyan met also with Vice President of the European Parliament Sylvie Gyom (Social Democrats of the European Parliament). A meeting was also held with members of the friendship groups with Armenia and Artsakh in the European Parliament.

 “Quite intensive preparations are being carried out for the upcoming European Parliament's elections in May. The meetings with the members of the European Parliament's Friendship Groups and their assistants allowed us to outline the ways of further cooperation. Whatever the outcome of the elections, the friendship with Artsakh will be continuous”,-informed the Speaker of the National Assembly during the press conference.

The NA Speaker highlighted the meetings with representatives of Armenian embassies and Armenian organizations in Europe. Ghulyan met with Armenian Ambassador to Belgium Tatul Margaryan in the Kingdom of Belgium and with the Armenian Ambassador to the Netherlands Tigran Balayan.

Ghulyan also participated in the annual summit of the “European Free Alliance” in Brussels.

 Serious political rearrangements are taking place in Europe, which means a new allocation of political resources, the results of which will be visible in the coming years. According to the head of the parliament, the European visit gives an opportunity to get acquainted with the ideas of national identity preservation.

The NA President then answered the journalists' questions. To our question how Ghulyan evaluated the level of institutional relationships established by the Artsakh parliament with the parliaments of some European countries and how the political transformation in Europe would influence these relations, the Speaker answered that in the case of different groups and circles of friendship, the level of those relations is different. Here he pointed out the importance of the initiatives of the mentioned groups’ or circles’ leaders. “As for the global change in Europe, it is important to consider the fact that all countries have internal problems. Each country will shape its relations by its desires and vision of the future and in this sense the work done by our parliament is extremely important. And the future of these relations will be conditioned by the changes that will take place in our country and in our friendly countries”, - said Ghulyan.