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October 23 2017 | 11:37am AET

25th anniversary of Armenia’s UN membership marked in New York

Source: Asbarez | Saturday, 18 March 2017
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Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian delivers his message to the audience at concert marking 25th anniversary Armenia joining the United Nations (Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia)

Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian delivers his message to the audience at concert marking 25th anniversary Armenia joining the United Nations (Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia)

NEW YORK, New York (ArmRadio)—A concert dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Armenia’s membership to the United Nations (UN) was held in New York on March 16. Attending the event were Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian, UN Secretary António Guterres, heads of diplomatic missions accredited to the UN, high-ranking officials of the UN Secretariat, and representatives of the Armenian community.

Addressing the attendees, Nalbandian said “it’s hard to overestimate the importance of the day.

“Armenia joined the UN family at a time full of challenges, but this never undermined our determination and commitment to build a society in full compliance with the goals and principles of the UN,” he said.

Orchestra performing at concert

Orchestra performing at anniversary concert

“We are guided by the UN Charter, which calls to unite to maintain international peace and security and develop good-neighborly relations between states based on the respect for equality and the right to self-determination,” Nalbandian said. “The full and steady implementation of these commitments is the duty of all member states. Armenia is fully faithful to these commitments, including in its efforts towards an exceptionally peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.”

He noted that Armenian directly contributes to global peace by participating in a number of peacekeeping missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, Lebanon and Mali.

“We have joined the international in concerted efforts aimed at countering the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, combating terrorism and addressing refugee crisis,” Nalbandian said, and that
“Armenia has provided refuge to 22 thousand refugees from Syria, making the country the third in Europe with the number of migrants per capita.”

“Our country is doing the utmost to contribute to tolerance and promote intercultural, interfaith dialogue, combating racism, propaganda of hatred and xenophobia,” the Minister concluded.

A video recording of his message can be watched below.





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