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 Tuesday, May 30 2023 19:05
Alexandr Avanesov

EU: it is key to show leadership to reach solutions on all issues  pertaining to comprehensive normalisation between Armenia and  Azerbaijan

EU: it is key to show leadership to reach solutions on all issues  pertaining to comprehensive normalisation between Armenia and  Azerbaijan

ArmInfo. The Armenia-Azerbaijan normalisation process has, during the past month, seen an  intensification, which the European Union welcomes.

The EU believes that it is important to keep this historic momentum and avoid steps,  including hostile rhetoric, that could put the peace process at risk.  The statement by Peter Stano, the Lead Spokesperson for Foreign  Affairs and Security Policy of the European Commission reads, the  press service of the European External Action Service (EEAS)   reports.

"Following the negotiations on the peace treaty that were held in the  United States in early May, a leaders' meeting took place in Brussels  on 14 May, ahead of another meeting scheduled for 1st June in  Chi?inau, Republic of Moldova. The leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan  also met in Moscow.

In Brussels, they focused on several key topics, such as border  issues, connectivity, humanitarian issues and the rights and security  of Armenians living on the territory of the former Nagorno-Karabakh  Autonomous Oblast.

Since then, the leaders reaffirmed publicly their unequivocal  commitment to the 1991 Almaty Declaration and the respective  territorial integrity of Armenia (29,800 km2) and Azerbaijan (86,600  km2).

We welcome Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan's courageous  statement in this regard on 22 May and Armenia's clear readiness to  work on the delimitation of the bilateral border. We also welcome  Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev's statement on 25 May.

As work on these sensitive issues continues, it is key to take steps  to build confidence, engage in good faith and show leadership to  reach solutions on all issues pertaining to comprehensive  normalisation.

Despite the difficult conflict history and past grievances, all  issues need to be resolved exclusively by peaceful means, through  dialogue.

The EU is committed to supporting the parties in this endeavour," the  Spokesperson said in a statement

The upcoming meeting between RA Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and  Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in Chisinau on June 1 will be held  in a five-sided format with the participation of European Council  President Charles Michel, French President Emmanuel Marcon and German  Chancellor Olaf Scholz.  47 heads of states and governments, as well  as chairpersons of the European Council, the European Commission and  the European Parliament are invited to the summit of the European  political community in Chisinau. The second meeting of the European  Political Community will bring together leaders from across the  continent at Mimi Castle in Bulboaca, Moldova. Now, large-scale road  and infrastructure repair works are underway in the village. 

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