Cyprus FM: Artsakh is the historical land of Armenians

Within the framework of his official visit to Cyprus, Defense Minister of Armenia Vigen Sargsyan met with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades.

Welcoming the delegation led by the Armenian Defense Minister, President Anastasiades expressed conviction that the visit will give a new impetus to the deepening of the age-old Armenian-Cypriot cooperation. The President highly appreciated the role of the Armenian community in the development of the country.

Upon the request of Vigen Sargsyan, Nicos Anastasiades briefed him on the recent developments around the Cyprus issue. The Armenian Defense Minister thanked the Cypriot President for the latter’s constructive and consistent stance on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

On the sidelines of his visit, Sargsyan also held a meeting with House President Demetris Syllouris. The former briefed the House President on the constitutional reforms implemented in Armenia, which raised the role of the parliament. In this context, the importance of cooperation between the parliamentary friendship groups was underscored.

At the meeting with Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs Ioannis Kasoulides, issues on the deepening of bilateral relations, the role of the Armenian community and the development of relations in the defense sphere were discussed. Apart from this, the sides touched on the Cyprus issue and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The Cypriot FM noted that drawing parallels between these two conflicts is wrong, since unlike Northern Cyprus occupied by Turkey, Artsakh is the historical land of Armenians.