ArmInfo. Peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict remains a priority for the European Union (EU). This was announced to APA by EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia Toivo Klaar.
<Over the past year, we have seen inspirational steps in the process led by the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, in particular, I mean high-level meetings that are important for moving the process forward. I also welcome the bilateral release of the hostages this June. This is the first humanitarian step. Such steps can contribute to the positive political atmosphere needed to make progress in the peace process,> Klaar said. However, the EU Special Representative regretted that the situation was vulnerable and unstable. <I am worried about recent losses and I urge the parties to exercise maximum caution. The parties must strictly observe the ceasefire, conduct parallel substantive negotiations>, he said.
At the same time, Klaar expressed his conviction that aggressive rhetoric can increase tension and give impetus to events that can get out of control, especially when you consider that the region's armament is still very high.
The Special Representative noted that the EU is ready to support the implementation of agreements between the leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia and the foreign ministers: "Now is the time to take a step forward in the peace process. Country leaders must also begin to prepare nations for peace. This will include complex decisions and concessions>.
Klaar added that the EU will continue to support the efforts of the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, and will also support initiatives aimed at resolving the conflict: "In the event of a peace agreement, the European Union is ready to support further efforts."