19 January 2005
19 January 2005
Your Excellency Mr. Secretary General
Your Excellencies Permanent Representatives at the League of Arab States
The signing of a Memorandum of Mutual Understanding between the Foreign Ministry of the Republic Armenia and the League of Arab States is certainly a historical event. This opens an important new page for further improving and deepening Armenian-Arab relations.
Signing this document is the natural consequence of the centuries-old historical and cultural links between Armenians and Arabs. It is also the result of the persistent execution of
Armenians are among the region?s oldest nations, with a historical and cultural past that is strongly interlinked with other peoples in the region, including Arabs. For centuries, Armenians have had a great input towards the development of culture, economy and science in the region. In turn, throughout history, Armenians have come under the influence of neighboring peoples.
Our common history is full of pages of friendship and cooperation with thousands of examples of instances of reciprocal support.
At the beginning of the last century, Armenians, victims of Genocide in and by the
Grateful Armenians will never forget the humane approach of the Arab people. This historic reality naturally had influenced the foreign policy of newly independent
Since gaining independence, the
We highly appreciate the mediation efforts of the Quartet and the work done in that direction. We consider very important both the Road Map and the development of constructive dialogue between the parties in the conflict resolution process. The establishment of an independent Palestinian state is at the core of the process of establishing regional security and stability. It would directly eliminate regional tensions, change the existing sociological trends and create new opportunities for mutual cooperation.
I am confident that the election of Mahmoud Abbas to the position of President of the Palestinian National Authority will have a crucial impact on this process.
We cooperated with Arab states on various issues within international organisations (arrangements, institutions).
Within a short period of time, we have achieved tangible successes in our relations with Arab states: we have signed a number of bilateral documents in various fields, we have created intergovernmental commissions, we have frequent exchange visits and we?ve established working ties at all levels. We also conduct mutual cultural events.
Touching upon the Nagorno Karabakh issue, I should stress that we are committed to a negotiated settlement of the conflict and international recognition of the right of self-determination for the people Nagorno Karabakh.
Since 1994 the truce has been observed by the conflicting parties. Regular meetings between the Presidents and Foreign Ministers of
I wish to particularly stress that the Nagorno Karabakh conflict is purely a matter of self-determination and has no religious basis whatsoever.
Any conflict is unique in nature, but if one wishes to draw parallels, then in this case it is the Armenians of Nagorno Karabakh who, like the Palestinians, strive for free determination of their own destiny in their historical homeland, without foreign domination.
Armenians have lived in Nagorno Karabakh from time immemorial and, with the exception of the Soviet period, this land has never been part of
Your Excellency Mr. Amre Mousa,
We highly appreciate the role of the League of Arab States in strengthening the sovereignty of Arab countries and in ensuring Arab solidarity. Despite many difficulties the League did not loose its significance and continues to prove its vitality and importance. We are confident that with its immense potential the League is able to play a decisive role in establishing regional stability, ensuring natural development of Arab countries and broadening cooperation between them.
I would like to particularly acknowledge your efforts in making the League more viable and in introducing new qualities to the organization. We are well aware of the commitment that you always display in safeguarding the interests and rights of Arab countries, and supporting unity and solidarity among them. Taking this opportunity we would like to express our support to your efforts and we wish success to all your initiatives.
I wish to congratulate all of us on the occasion of the signing of this historical document and express our confidence that the Arab League will contribute to the further development of mutually beneficial Armenian-Arab relations and to strengthening the friendship between our peoples.
Esteemed Mr. Amre Mousa,
In conclusion, I would like to sincerely thank you for the warm reception and support that you and your staff have kindly provided in the course of preparation of this document and our visit.
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