20:15, 27 February, 2013

YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 27, ARMENPRESS: Conference titled "Lithuania and
Armenia: a look to the recent past" dedicated to the 25 anniversary
of the democratic movements in Armenia and Lithuania and the National
liberation struggle of the Armenians of Artsakh took place in Seimas,
Parliament of Lithuania on February 26. The participants also honored
the memory of the victims of the Sumgait massacre.

As Armenpress was informed from press, informational and public
relation department of Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, members
of the Lithuanian legislative body, representatives of political,
social and academic circles, including the founding members of the
Lithuanian movement of "Sajudis" as well as members of the Armenian
community of Lithuania participated at the conference.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Karen Mirzoyan was invited as a special
guest of the conference and delivered a speech where he noted that
the movements of the national revival that united the Armenian and
Lithuanian peoples around common ideals and principles of freedom
and democracy have resulted in independence. "In Lithuanian case the
independence gave its people possibility to restore its statehood and
fully integrate into the international community, European Union" ,
- stated Karen Mirzoyan, stressing that the people of Artsakh not
only had to assert its right to freedom and independence but also
to struggle for its survival and right to live on the land of its

The minister reminded that from the very beginning Azerbaijan
rejected dialogue and search for political settlement of the issue,
resorting to the threats and terror, in response to the peaceful and
lawful demands of the people of the Nagorno-Karabakh. "But our people
withstood and passed the test of the imposed war. In May 1994 the
ceasefire agreement was signed which gave us opportunity of peaceful
life and building of an independent statehood", - said Karen Mirzoyan.

He stressed that NKR is committed to the democratic way of the
state building, which guarantees all the fundamental human rights
and freedoms. Even though Nagorno-Karabakh is an unrecognized state
and may not undertake commitments to observe the universal democratic
standards before international organizations, but it is steadfast in
following them. "Moreover the human rights record in our republic
is significantly higher than in many recognized states, which was
reflected in the last Freedom House report", - the minister noted. He
expressed regret that the unrecognized status of the NKR is a barrier
for its full involvement in the international developments that in turn
limits the exercise of fundamental rights and freedoms of its citizens.

Dwelling upon the issue of Azerbaijani-Karabakh conflict settlement,
the minister reiterated NKR's commitment to the peaceful settlement of
all disputable issues with Azerbaijan. At the same time he noted with
regret that the official Baku does not only reject all the proposals
of the mediators but also suppresses any even weak initiatives towards
reconciliation, as well as implants cult of hatred towards Armenians
and anything Armenian and propagates xenophobia, intolerance and
militaristic moods.

Member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia
Vahan Hovhannesyan and Armenian Ambassador to Lithuania Ara
Ayvazyan addressed the conference and noted the irreversibility
of the democratic processes started 25 years ago, emphasizing
the importance of ideas and spirit in the peaceful settlement of
conflicts. Members of Seimas DangutÄ- MikutienÄ-, Algis KaÅ¡Ä-ta,
Vilija AleknaitÄ--AbramikienÄ- also delivered speeches and mentioned
the importance of the imperative of staying committed to the ideas
of the democratic movements. Lithuanian MP Dalia Kuodyte read a
declaration on to establishing in the Seimas of the Republic of
Lithuania Friendship Group with the Republic of Artsakh (the Nagorno-
Karabakh Republic).The original of the signed document was officially
handed in to NKR Foreign Minister Karen Mirzoyan. 9 members of
different fractions of the Lithuanian Seimas joined the initiative.

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