The Secretary General of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Thomas Greminger, who is currently on a visit to Armenia, on Tuesday held discussions with Armenian prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan.
According to Armenian media, quoting sources in the prime minister's office, during the meeting Pashinyan highlighted Armenia's cooperation with the OSCE and their importance for European and regional security, as well as in other spheres of bilateral interest and said that his country is ready to continue the productive cooperation.
The Armenian prime minister referred to recent domestic political developments in Armenia, the launch of reforms aimed at developing democracy, the establishment of rule of law, the fight against corruption, and the holding snap parliamentary elections. Nikol Pashinyan noted that it is a priority for the Government of Armenia to hold more free, transparent and democratic elections.
On his part Thomas Greminger welcomed the processes in Armenia and expressed readiness to assist the reform agenda of the Armenian Government.
The same sources said that Pashinyan and Greminger also discussed the Nagorno Karabakh conflict and conflict settlement process. Nikol Pashinyan highlighted the active efforts of the OSCE and the international community aimed at making the region more secure and emphasized that Armenia is committed to an exclusively peaceful settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict based on negotiations in the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-chairs' format.
source: commonspace.eu with agencies
photo: Armenian prime minister Nikol Pashinyan on Tuesday, 4 September, met with visiting OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger (pictiure courtesy of the press service of the prime minister of Armenia
On 20 January 26,000 Soviet troops entered Baku and massacred large numbers of civilians who were calling for the restoration of Azerbaijan independence. In Azerbaijan the day is often referred to as Black January.