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 Thursday, June 20 2024 15:57
Marianna Mkrtchyan

Azerbaijan has shown interest in EPF

Azerbaijan has shown interest in EPF

ArmInfo.The Azerbaijani side also reiterated its interest in exploring possible cooperation with  the EU under the European Peace Facility (EPF). This was stated in a statement by the European External Action Service following the 5th meeting of the EU-Azerbaijan Security Dialogue.

As the source reports: "The fifth meeting of the EU-Azerbaijan  Security Dialogue was held on 13 June in Brussels.  The participants  had an open and frank exchange on the state of the bilateral  relations between the EU and Azerbaijan, as well as on topical  foreign and security policy issues of mutual interest.

The participants also touched upon the process of normalisation of  relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan, as well as broader regional  security issues. In this context, the importance of fostering  regional stability and sustainable connectivity were mentioned.  Azerbaijan underlined the bilateral nature of dialogue between  Armenia and Azerbaijan. The EU stressed its continued support for the  peace process, with a view to a secure, stable, peaceful and  prosperous South Caucasus for the benefit of all people living in the  region.

The role of Azerbaijan as a reliable and important energy partner and  its importance in the further development of the Middle Corridor was  highlighted.  The EU's support for humanitarian demining and mine  victim assistance in Azerbaijan was appreciated. It was stated that  under the EU Team Europe Initiative and other programs, further  assistance to Azerbaijan's mine action program will continue. The  Azerbaijani side also reiterated its interest in exploring possible  cooperation with the EU under the European Peace Facility (EPF).

In conclusion of the meeting, the EU and Azerbaijan agreed to  continue regular exchanges on foreign and security policy issues.  They also underlined the importance of meaningful work on all  relevant strands of bilateral cooperation under the EU-Azerbaijan  Partnership and Cooperation Agreement.  The meeting was co-chaired by  Mr. Enrique Mora, Deputy Secretary-General for Political Affairs at  the European External Action Service, and Mr.  Hikmet Hajiyev,  Foreign Policy Advisor to the President of the Republic of  Azerbaijan."

Notably, Hungary, with which Armenia last year restored diplomatic  relations that were severed on August 31, 2012, had previously  blocked aid to Yerevan through the  European Peace Facility (EPF).  Hungary insisted that if Armenia receives this aid, it should also be  provided to Azerbaijan.

The European Peace Facility was established in March 2021 to finance  all Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) actions in the areas of  military and defence, with the aim of preventing conflict, preserving  peace and strengthening international security and stability. 

In particular, the European Peace Facility allows the EU to finance  actions designed to strengthen the capacities of non-EU countries and  regional and international organisations relating to military and  defence matters. The EPF is an extra-budgetary instrument. Its total  budget is EUR7.9 billion for the period 2021-2027.

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