YEREVAN, September 28. / ARKA /. Panama’s foreign minister Fernando Fabrega downplayed the significance of a resolution on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, passed by his country’s parliament saying it does not reflect the official position of the government. Fabrega made the statement during a meeting with his Armenian counterpart Edward Nalbandian on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly’s session in New York.
Earlier, Azerbaijani media reported that in August this year Panama’s National Assembly adopted a resolution entitled "On the occupation of Azerbaijani territories by Armenian armed forces.”
Fabrega added that under Panama’s Constitution, foreign policy is implemented by the president of the country and the official position of the government is to help resolve the conflict through peaceful negotiations.
Nalbandian was said by the Armenian foreign ministry to have spoken also about the efforts of Yerevan and the international community to resolve the Karabakh conflict with his Colombian counterpart Maria Angel Holgin. The Colombian foreign minister was said to have emphasized that the position of the Colombian parliament on the Karabakh issue, reflected in a resolution of the parliament’s committee on foreign affairs, does not reflect the official position of the country. She also reiterated her country’s support to a peaceful settlement of the conflict based on international law.
The Armenian foreign ministry said Nalbandian had a meeting with deputy secretary of state for political affairs Wendy Sherman to discuss in detail the Karabakh peace process. The two sides also exchanged views on the development of bilateral relations. Nalbandian is on a working visit to the United States of America. -0-