Edward Nalbandian’s UN speech ‘highly valuable’ – analyst

20:29 • 26.09.16



The UN General Assembly is an important platform allowing speakers to give addresses and voice concerns which by all means receive an adequate reaction in future, a political analyst said today, commenting on acting Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian’s speech at the Assembly’s 71st session.


“The speeches which our foreign ministers or presidents have so far made from the UN tribunal do always leave a residue,” Stepan Grigoryan, Director of the Analytical Center on Globalization and Regional Cooperation, told Tert.am, appreciating also Nalbandian’s message addressing the situation of the Syrian-Armenians.


“The corresponding UN subdivisions which deal with migration will provide assistance to Armenia, giving us the necessary financial means. Given that the UN implements serious projects dealing with migrants, the speech will clearly be a stimulus for their implementation,” he added.


Grigoryan also stressed the importance of joint activities with the UN, noting that much may depend also on Armenia’s future actions after the speech. “I have no doubt that the speech will yield a result; that will be reflected in additional monetary [assistance] to Armenia to solve the migrants’ problems. Armenia is not rich enough to resolve the problems of them all. The UN has a commitment to assist migrants,” he said.


The expert also addressed Nalbandian’s remark emphasizing Nagorno-Karabakh people’s right to self-determination. “Nagorno-Karabakh’s right to self-determination wasn’t something that attracted my attention most of all. It has been repeatedly discussed. The most important point was the focus on the war unleashed by Azerbaijan and the brutalities they incited against soldiers by beheading and torturing them, and the civilians,” he said, referring to the tragic shooting of the 7-year-old child and the mutilation of the elderly couple (in the village Talish) who were tortured to death.

                                

Commenting on Nalbandian’s remark on the Vienna Programme of Action for the Landlocked Developing Countries into the Agenda 2030, Grigoryan highlighted the importance of the messages conveyed.

“There are declarations about that, which say that if states do not have a gate to the sea, they are not barred from using the sea. Turkey, for example, does not give us any exit to the sea. Under the conventions adopted, they are obliged to give us an exit to the Black Sea,” he said, stressing the importance of using all the existing opportunities.

 

Hripsime Hovhannisyan





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