YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 23. ARMINFO. On February 23, Mr. Viguen Tchitetchian, Head of the Mission of Armenia to NATO met Mr. Jaap do Hoop Scheffer, Secretary-General of NATO to discuss the development of Armenia’s cooperation with the Alliance in the framework of the PfP, the press-service of the Armenian Foreign Ministry told ARMINFO.
During the meeting the Ambassador also addressed the tragic incident that took place at the PfP language training courses held in Budapest. The SG condemned the murder and asked that the Ambassador convey his sincere condolences to the family of Lieutenant Margarian.
Ambassador Chitechian submitted to the Secretary General a letter from Armenia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.
In his letter, the Minister expresses indignation over the brutal act committed by the Azeri officer, which has caused a great shock and outrage in Armenia. He states that such an act is “sad but also expected, as the consequence of the warmongering statements of those within Azerbaijan’s government, old and new. Unfortunately, under the new President, such policy has been preserved and given new impetus. He points that “Armenia has considered – and considers – Partnership for Peace an effective framework and format for many things, including normalizing its relations with Azerbaijan.” However, “:our approach to the Partnership has not been reciprocated by Azerbaijan – even prior to this unprecedented act.” The Minister added that “there has been not a single PfP event that has not been used by official Baku for blatant and unsophisticated anti-Armenian propaganda and hysteria.”
The Ambassador reconfirmed that the commitments which countries undertake in the framework of the PfP are irrevocable and have to be fully respected as is demanded by the spirit of the Partnership.