• Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland



  • 14 December 2012

    Modernisation, continuation of reforms, EU-Armenia visa facilitation, readmission and association agreements were the main topics of talks during the visit of the Foreign Ministers of the Republic of Poland, Radosław Sikorski, of Sweden, Carl Bildt, and of Bulgaria, Nikolay Mladenov, in Armenia on 14 December.

    The Ministers pointed to two tangible examples, which – in their assessment – best serve the aim of approximating Armenian legislation and operation of its public administration to EU standards. These are the twinning projects implemented by Poland and Sweden in order to share the Polish experience relating to policy towards aliens and to enhance Armenia’s Migration Service capabilities. “We are here on the eve of the presidential campaign. We hope that the upcoming presidential elections will be even better, more fair, more democratic and truly competitive.” said Minister Sikorski. “The election process must rule out even the slightest possibility of formulating accusations of either side's wrongful use of state administrative resources, hidden attempts of bribery, or voter intimidation,” added the Minister.


    Earlier, during the visits of representatives of Poland, Sweden and Bulgaria to Georgia and Azerbaijan, Poland was represented by Jacek Michałowski, the Chief of the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland. In Tbilisi, Minister Michałowski congratulated the new Prime Minister on winning the parliamentary elections. The Minister also emphasized the importance of continuing political decisions and constructive cohabitation, expressing hope that further reforms will bring Georgia closer to the EU and NATO.  Relations between Georgia and Russia, participation in the ISAF mission in Afghanistan and progress made in negotiations on the EU-Georgia Association Agreement were also some of the issues raised during meetings. Another topic was security cooperation and the need for continued changes in the judiciary, press and electoral law regulations.


    In Azerbaijan, the main topic of talks was energy and regional security, military and economic cooperation, as well as human rights issues. The construction of the Trans-Anatolian gas pipeline (TANAP) that would enable further diversification of energy supplies to Europe is scheduled to start in 2014.


    The Polish, Swedish and Bulgarian delegations emphasized in Yerevan and Baku the need to engage in efforts leading to a peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group and appealed to both sides to refrain from actions that could result in a deterioration of the existing situation in the region.




    MFA Press Office


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