Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia Artak Apitonyan participated in the meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Member States of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) in Athens. In his speech, expressing gratitude to the Greek Chairmanship for the prolific activities of the BSEC over the past six months, Artak Apitonyan touched upon the problematic issues facing the BSEC and presented Armenia’s approaches to the solutions to those issues.
The deputy foreign minister informed the participants about the results of the related high-level event of the BSEC held on the sidelines of the 23rd World Congress on Information Technology held in October in Yerevan and underscored Armenia’s willingness to continue to invest its experience for further development of regional cooperation in the information and telecommunication sector.
The deputy foreign minister emphasized that the attempts to turn the activities of the BSEC and related structures, particularly the parliamentary assembly into a platform for political confrontation are unacceptable. He also expressed concern about the fact that Azerbaijan has been keeping the negotiated strategy for promotion of regional trade as a “hostage” for over two years and is trying to attach to the document its proclamation with groundless allegations and voiced hope that that Azerbaijan will removes that legally unfounded proclamation.