ArmInfo. The meeting in Granada resulted in two important statements. The first statement was between the leaders of France, Germany Armenia and the president of the European Council. The second statement was made jointly with President of the European Commission Ursula Gertrud von der Leyen. The statements demonstrated the EU's consensus on deepening relations with Armenia, Armenia's Premier Nikol Pashinyan said in an interview with Armenia's Public TV.
The statements also cemented the common view of Armenia and the EU of the grounds for regional peace. In this vein, the Prime Minister mentioned, first of all, the mutual recognition of each other's territorial integrity by Armenia and Azerbaijan, indicating the size of the territories, the process of border delimitation on the basis of the Alma-Ata Declaration of 1991, and according to the maps of the USSR issued to the parties in recent years, the unblockade of regional communications in conditions of full protection of the sovereignty of countries.
The Prime Minister said that the signed statements also condemn the use of force against Nagorno- Karabakh, the forced displacement of the Artsakh people, and also expressed the readiness of the EU and the United States to support Armenia in managing the humanitarian situation, the readiness of the EU to deepen relations with Armenia as much as Armenia wants and the right of the Armenians of Nagorno- Karabakh to return to their homeland without preconditions is established, and this right must be protected. Pashinyan noted that the statement also called for the release of prisoners of war and all detainees, and the parties also touched upon the issue of missing persons.
He cited the absence of a signature in the statements of the leader of the Azerbaijani state as a gap. "If there was a signature, I would say that the probability that we will sign a peace treaty with Azerbaijan by the end of the year is above 70%," the head of government said.
When asked whether the signing of statements in Granada will affect the withdrawal of Azerbaijani troops from the sovereign territory of Armenia, Pashinyan noted that this issue is being considered in the context of the above points. In particular, he emphasized that the delimitation process will eliminate all border violations. "But the problem is that these statements do not have Azerbaijan's signature. But, at least, an official understanding has formed in the West of what exactly should be the basis for a future peaceful settlement," Mr Pashinyan said.