ArmInfo. In response to an enquiry by the Public TV of Armenia, the EU Delegation of the European Union to Armenia referred to the EU Monitoring Mission in Armenia, commissioned on January 23 by the EU Council.
"On 23 January the Council agreed to establish a civilian European Union Mission in Armenia (EUMA) under the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). The objective of the Mission is to contribute to stability in the border areas of Armenia, build confidence on the ground, and ensure an environment conducive to normalisation efforts between Armenia and Azerbaijan supported by the EU. The Mission has a two-year mandate and will involve up to 100 staff, including EU experts and monitors. It will become fully operational in the coming weeks. "EUMA will be deployed in several locations across Armenia's territory, in border regions close to Azerbaijan. Its area of operation will cover the entire length of the border with Azerbaijan, including the Nakhchivan section," the report reads.
"The Council established a new fully-fledged civilian mission in Armenia (EUMA Armenia), which will have up to 100 staff to observe and report on the situation on the ground, and thereby contribute to human security and confidence building between Armenian and Azerbaijani authorities," the EU Council reports.
On January 23, the EU Council agreed to establish a civilian European Union Mission in Armenia (EUMA) under the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). The objective of the Mission is to contribute to stability in the border areas of Armenia, building confidence on the ground, and ensuring an environment conducive to normalisation efforts between Armenia and Azerbaijan supported by the EU.
In response to Armenia's request, EUMA will conduct routine patrolling and report on the situation, which will strengthen the EU's understanding of the situation on the ground. The Mission will also contribute to the mediation efforts in the framework of the process led by President of the European Council Charles Michel.
EUMA will have an initial mandate of two years and its Operational Headquarters will be in Armenia. The Civilian Operation Commander will be Stefano Tomat, EEAS Managing Director of the Civilian Planning and Conduct Capability (CPCC). A Head of Mission leading operations on the ground will be appointed in the near future.
"The establishment of an EU Mission in Armenia launches a new phase in the EU's engagement in the South Caucasus. The EU will continue to support de-escalation efforts and is committed to work closely with both sides towards the ultimate goal of sustainable peace in the region," Josep Borrell, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, said.