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  • Meeting at NKR MFA

    Azat Artsakh - Republic of Nagorno Karabakh
    March 19 2004


    On March 17 the NKR vice minister of foreign affairs Masis Mayilian
    met with the coordinator of the European program of the international
    organization `Article-19' Irina Smolina (Great Britain). The guest
    said she arrived in Karabakh for the aim of organizing a round table
    with the Stepanakert press club on the topic `Public radio and
    Television: Problems and Prospects'. She mentioned that within the
    framework of the project for maintaining democracy in the South
    Caucasus through freedom of speech the international organization
    `Article 19' has been carrying out work in the recognized, as well as
    non-recognized states of the region, including Nagorni Karabakh since
    last April, in three directions: legislative and institutional
    activities, free circulation of information and enlightenment
    programs. Masis Mayilian welcomed the activities of the organization
    and mentioned the importance of the fact that `Article 19' also
    cooperates with states that are not recognized by the international
    community, for despite their recognition all the nations of the South
    Caucasus should be provided with equal possibilities and assistance
    for the development of the society. According to Masis Mayilian, a
    lack of balance in this sphere may endanger the stability in the
    region. `The authorities of Nagorni Karabakh are interested in
    development of a civil society in the republic and in this reference
    your cooperation with the regional partners is very useful. We are
    open to the world and always seek for integration in international
    processes. We recognize that the future of the republic of Nagorni
    Karabakh is greatly dependent on the fact whether we will succeed in
    building a democratic country,' emphasized the vice minister of
    foreign affairs of NKR. At the request of the guests Masis Mayilian
    presented the establishment, structure and activities of the NKR
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He mentioned that the establishment of
    the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1993 was the requirement of the
    time and circumstances because the young state as a conflict party
    faced the necessity of conducting negotiations for the settlement of
    the Karabakh conflict on a professional level. At the end of the
    meeting Masis Mayilian stated the willingness of the foreign ministry
    of the republic to assist to the implementation of the programs of
    `Article 19' in Nagorni Karabakh.