President of Greece Procopios Pavlopolos together with spouse Vlassia Pavlopoulou will arrive in Armenia on an official visit on November 5. Ahead of the visit the Greek President provided an exclusive statement to ARMENPRESS news agency.
Greece emphatically favours ever-closer rapprochement between EU and Armenia - President Pavlopolos
STEPANAKERT, NOVEMBER 5, ARTSAKHPRESS-ARMENPRESS: “Greek-Armenian relations, which have reached an exceptional level, go back a long way into the past and are founded on solid friendship, mutual understanding as well as creative and productive cooperation. Our relations have indeed reached such a degree of harmony that they extend beyond bilateral relations and into the wider field of international cooperation, because our respective views on a number of important international issues coincide substantially, especially in matters pertaining to the defense and consolidation of Peace, the Fundamental Rights of Man and Social Justice.
The main political and institutional buttress of our efforts in this direction is the comprehensive application of international law. The Trilateral Cooperation between Greece, Cyprus and Armenia reinforces the aforementioned parameters of our collaboration. Even though issues pertaining to the Diasporas of each country provided the starting point of this cooperation, it gathered, in the meantime, a much broader momentum and led to a manifold cooperation between the three countries. However, the foundations of our utterly sincere and close cooperation between Greece and Armenia lie in the martyr-like experiences of our Nations.
The sole guiding principle of our advocacy of these principles is the faithful and comprehensive application of International and European Law.
Guided by this policy Greece: Firstly, it recognizes the need for and supports a peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh issue that would be based exclusively on international law. Thus, it supports the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group to find a peaceful solution. And, secondly, it emphatically favours the ever-closer rapprochement between the European Union and Armenia. The exceptionally high priority we have given to initiating the necessary procedures for the validation of the EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement attests to the importance we attach to Greek-Armenian relations”.