ArmInfo. Lithuanian Interior Minister Agne Bilotaite and Armenian Ambassador to Lithuania Armen Martirosyan signed a Protocol between the Republic of Lithuania and the Republic of Armenia on the implementation of the Agreement between the EU and the RA on the readmission of persons living without permission.
According to the press service of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania, the signed bilateral international agreement establishes quick and effective procedures for the identification, safe return and transit of persons who do not meet the conditions of entry, stay or residence in the territory of the countries. The agreement is intended to fulfill the obligations of both parties to readmission not only their own nationals to be returned, but also stateless persons and third-country nationals who arrived directly from a Contracting Party or on visas of that party.
"Ensuring effective migration management is an important priority. Recently, due to the increased flows of illegal migration across the state border with Belarus, this has become especially relevant for Lithuania. However, the agreement signed today concerns not only and not so much migration management, since the number of people returned to the Republic of Armenia really small - on average over the past 10 years, there were about 9 such people on an annual basis. This agreement is a symbol of deepening bilateral cooperation, mutual respect and trust, "the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Lithuania said.
In turn, Martirosyan stated that Lithuania and Armenia already have a solid basis for cooperation, which needs to be developed. "Armenia could benefit from the experience of reforms carried out by Lithuania in the field of law enforcement, such as the reform of the police," the Armenian Ambassador said.
Bilotaite answered that the institutions of the Lithuanian internal affairs system are ready to transfer the experience and knowledge gained on the path of Lithuanian reforms and Euro-Atlantic integration, as well as to further strengthen cooperation.
The EU currently has 18 readmission agreements with third countries. To implement these agreements, EU member states conclude bilateral protocols, depending on the situation, in which detailed readmission procedures are established.