Media Center Hosts UK Ambassador to Armenia Kathy Leach
23.09.2014
11:00
The issue of the Scottish Independence is resolved for this generation at least for now. The referendum revealed that “Scotland voted for a stronger Scottish parliament supported by the strength and security of the United Kingdom.”

The historic significance of the Scottish Independence Referendum is also in the fact that the British government is now required to readdress the set of rights granted not only to Scotland but other constituent parts: Wales, Northern Ireland and England.

At the Media Center initiated press conference Kathy Leach spoke on the results and significance of the Scottish Independence Referendum, as well as statements made by British Prime Minister David Cameron.

The Scottish Referendum may be a precedent for other countries

In response to the question whether the Referendum may become a precedent for other countries, the Ambassador said that it is difficult to learn a general lesson from the Referendum since every issue requires a unique approach and solution. The Ambassador believes that in case of every conflict where the principles of territorial integrity and self-determination contradict each other, it should be settled down without war, yet every conflict is unique in its settlement. “I can speak on our approaches to Scotland and Northern Ireland. At the moment there is no question about independence of Northern Ireland. What we have is an agreement, known as the Good Friday Agreement which was signed in 1998. The agreement states that if Northern Ireland decides to hold an independence referendum, the British government will accept it. However, the two communities in Northern Ireland have very different views about what they want for their future.” Interestingly, the Scottish Referendum had a record- breaking number of voters.

Efficient partnership of Armenia and NATO is a vivid example

With respect to the possible further strengthening of Armenia-NATO relations, the Ambassador emphasized that NATO intends to actively engage all state partners with the organization in cooperative security. NATO is willing to offer its assistance, yet the state partner as such decides its further actions.

“In this respect Armenia is a vivid example of strategic cooperation with CSTO, particularly Russia, and NATO concurrently.”

The journalists requested the Ambassador to share her thoughts on the regional security, as well as issues of conflict settlement.

The British-Armenian partnership will continue within the framework of the British Autumn Program

The Ambassador concluded the press conference presenting the events within the framework of the British Autumn Program initiated by the British Embassy in Yerevan. Ambassador Leach emphasized the intention of the British Embassy to improve the British-Armenian cooperation in education, culture, business and other spheres.

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