09/18/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/18/2023 11:50
On September 18, in New York, within the framework of the 78th session of the UN General Assembly, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia Ararat Mirzoyan had a meeting with Elina Valtonen, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Finland.
As a continuation of the phone call between the two Ministers held at the end of August, Ararat Mirzoyan and Elina Valtone discussed in more detail the issues of expanding the bilateral agenda based on democratic values and priorities aimed at strengthening the rule of law. In this context, the willingness of both sides to form a more ambitious political agenda was emphasized.
The interlocutors also touched upon Armenia-EU cooperation. Minister Mirzoyan commended the participation of Finland in the EU civilian monitoring mission in Armenia.
The issues of regional security and stability were touched upon․ Ararat Mirzoyan emphasized the humanitarian crisis in Nagorno-Karabakh resulting from Azerbaijan's 9-months-long illegal blockade of the Lachin corridor and the violations of all fundamental rights of 120.000 people. The urgency of restoring unimpeded movement through the Lachin corridor in two directions in accordance with the legally binding Orders of the International Court of Justice of February 22 and July 6, 2023 was emphasized. Stressing the messages delivered by the EU and its member states so far, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia emphasized the need for clear steps to stop Azerbaijan's unconstructive pattern of behavior.