YEREVAN (Armenpress) — Foreign minister of Armenia Zohrab Mnatsakanyan delivered remarks at a panel discussion titled “Women, Peace and Security: International and Armenian Practice” on March 15.
During the address, on the final day of NATO week in Armenia, he welcomed Clare Hutchinson, NATO’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security and thanked her for the participation in this discussion.
“In recent years, we have successfully continued our mutually beneficial partnership with NATO. Today we have a solid agenda of cooperation with the Alliance — the main vehicle of it being Armenia-NATO Individual Partnership Action Plan (IPAP) – including the fulfillment of commitments on implementation of the UNSCR 1325,” he said.
United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, on women, peace, and security, was adopted unanimously by the UN Security Council on October 31, 2000. The resolution acknowledged the disproportionate and unique impact of armed conflict on women and girls.
He added, “It is our firm conviction that women are strong agents of change for peace and security and that peace and security efforts are more sustainable when women are equal partners in the prevention of violent conflicts, the delivery of relief and recovery efforts, as well as in contributing to the lasting and durable settlements.
“Thus, ensuring their solid participation in the resolution of conflicts is not merely an exercise of gender equality, it is an instrument enhancing the chances of peace and development.”