On the occasion of his trip to Armenia, Dirk Wiese, Coordinator for Intersocietal Cooperation with Russia, Central Asia and the Eastern Partnership Countries, issued the following statement today (1 March):
Armenia’s Government intends to undertake ambitious reforms. Its ongoing fight against corruption as well as its efforts to strengthen democratic institutions and create better economic conditions are starting to bear fruit.
As a close partner of Armenia, Germany supports the country’s modernisation course. We hope that democratic progress will not now be recklessly put at risk by internal political controversy. With regard to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, we expect the Armenian Government’s constructive words to be followed by genuine and serious efforts.
I am very much looking forward to my first visit to Armenia, a key participant in the European Union’s Eastern Partnership. I am especially keen to visit the famous TUMO Center – particularly as just such a high-tech learning centre for young people will open in the Charlottenburg district of Berlin this autumn.
Coordinator Dirk Wiese is visiting Armenia from 2 to 4 March. In the capital Yerevan, he will have political talks with representatives of the Armenian Government and Parliament, meet members of civil society and visit the TUMO Center for Creative Technologies, where young people learn programming, design and other creative technologies on their own initiative. During his first visit to the South Caucasian republic, Dirk Wiese will also visit the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Complex, which is dedicated to the memory of the victims of the atrocities committed against Armenians in the Ottoman Empire in 1915/16.