ArmInfo.The EU will continue its engagement in support of de-escalation efforts and is committed work closely with both sides towards a comprehensive resolution of the conflict, the EU Delegation to Armenia told ArmInfo.
In accordance with the quadrilateral agreement reached by the leaders of Armenia, Azerbaijan, European Council and France in Prague on 6 October 2022, and upon the proposal of High Representative Borrell, the EU responded by establishing the Monitoring Capacity to Armenia (EUMCAP) to monitor the security developments on the ground.
In response to ArmInfo's question concerning the reports on the EU's intention to send a monitoring mission to Armenia this February, the EU Delegation stated:
"During its two-month mandate EUMCAP Armenia deployed 40 EU monitoring experts which conducted more than 175 patrols which contributed to the stabilization of the situation on the ground.
"As a next step in the EU's engagement in the South Caucasus, the EU has now deployed a transitional planning assistance team that is preparing the ground for a possible longer term EU mission in Armenia, with the ultimate goal of contributing to sustainable peace in the region. The EU will continue its engagement in support of de-escalation efforts and is committed work closely with both sides towards a comprehensive resolution of the conflict."
Josep Borrell, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, made the following statement on December 19, 2022.
"Today the EU Monitoring Capacity in Armenia (EUMCAP), launched in October, completes its mandate.
"Based on the agreement between the leaders of Armenia, Azerbaijan, European Council and France, the EUMCAP was deployed on 20 October along the Armenian side of the international border with Azerbaijan with the objective of monitoring, analysing and reporting on the situation on the ground.
"The deployment of 40 European monitoring experts has proved to be effective and contributed to building confidence in an unstable situation. Today we start a new phase in the EU's engagement in the South Caucasus, with a transitional team that will prepare the ground for a possible longer term EU mission in Armenia, with the ultimate goal of contributing to sustainable peace in the region.
"Against this background, the Council - in agreement with Armenia's authorities - decided that the existing EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM Georgia) will deploy a transitional planning assistance team in Armenia to enhance the EU's awareness of the security situation, and contribute to the planning and preparation of a possible civilian CSDP mission in the country. The transitional planning assistance team is also expected to support the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, in the EU-facilitated normalisation process between Armenia and Azerbaijan."
On Tuesday, the RFE/RL's Armenian Service, referring to its sources, reported the EU intends to send a new monitoring mission to Armenia this February. The mission will reportedly carry out its activities throughout Armenia for 2 years.