At UN General Debate, Armenia pledges to contribute to UN reform

Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian of Armenia addresses the General Assembly. UN Photo/Jennifer S Altman

1 October 2012 – On the last day of the General Assembly’s high-level debate, Armenia’s Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian, today pledged today to make a “feasible contribution” to United Nations reform, stressing the urgency of the settlement of disputes by peaceful means.

“A few days ago, in the framework of the UN, the first-ever High-Level Forum on the Culture of Peace took place, urging tolerance and building mutual understanding and mutual respect,” the Foreign Minister told the 67th Assembly at its General Debate, at UN Headquarters in New York.

“Unfortunately,” he added, “nowadays hate and intolerance are continuing to spread in some parts of the world and we have yet to dig into the roots and causes of such a situation, to have the courage to openly ask difficult questions on the reasons and face sometimes painful responses.”

In his statement, the Foreign Minister referred to what he termed the Government of Azerbaijan’s “release and glorification” of Ramil Safarov, who was convicted of killing an Armenian officer, saying, “the scandalous affair has seriously undermined the Nagorno-Karabakh negotiation process and endangered the fragile regional security and stability.”

Mr. Nalbandian also voiced concern at the worsening humanitarian situation in Syria, which he said directly affected the large Armenian community. “The denial of genocide and impunity pave the way for the repetition of new crimes against humanity,” he noted.

The Armenian Foreign Minister is one of scores of world leaders and other high-level officials presenting their views and comments on issues of individual, national and international relevance at the Assembly’s General Debate, which ends later on Monday.


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