Politics 11:00 28/03/2024 Armenia

Upcoming Armenia-US-EU meeting not directed against any third party – Foreign Ministry

The high-level meeting scheduled for April 5 in Brussels is aimed at strengthening Armenia-EU-US cooperation and is not directed against any third party, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ani Badalyan told Armenpress on Wednesday.

The interview with Ani Badalyan is provided below.

Question: The Azerbaijani side, referring to the upcoming Armenia-EU-US meeting, describes it as not inclusive, and notes it may also push Armenia to destabilize the situation in the region.

The high-level meeting of President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan scheduled for April 5 in Brussels is dedicated to strengthening of the Armenia-EU-US cooperation and is not and could not be directed against any third party.

As for Azerbaijan's accusations of destabilizing the situation in the region and the non-constructiveness of the Armenian side in the negotiation process, let me reaffirm that Armenia is ready for the immediate signing of the peace treaty, the border delimitation, and opening of regional communications based on the principles already agreed upon with Azerbaijan. We are speaking about the following three principles:

a) Armenia and Azerbaijan mutually recognize each other's sovereignty and territorial integrity based on the 1991 Alma-Ata Declaration. This principle was agreed upon between Armenia and Azerbaijan on October 6, 2022, in Prague, with the mediation of Emmanuel Macron, President of France, and Charles Michel, President of the EU Council,  then reiterated on May 14 and July 15, 2023, in Brussels with the mediation of Charles Michel, President of the EU Council.

b) The delimitation and demarcation process between the two countries is carried out based on the Alma-Ata Declaration. This principle was agreed upon between Armenia and Azerbaijan on October 6, 2022, in Prague, with the mediation of French President Emmanuel Macron and EU Council President Charles Michel, then reaffirmed on May 14 and July 15, 2023, in Brussels with the mediation of President of the EU Council Charles Michel. This means that instead of creating a new border between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the borders that existed de jure within the USSR at the time of the adoption of the 1991 Alma-Ata Declaration should be replicated on the ground. Afterwards, the territories de jure belonging to each country must be under that country's control.

c) Unblocking regional communications, respecting the sovereignty and the jurisdiction of the countries through which they pass, based on the principle of equality and reciprocity. This principle was agreed upon between Armenia and Azerbaijan on July 15, 2023, in Brussels with the mediation of President of the EU Council Charles Michel. Regarding this issue, the Republic of Armenia has expressed its willingness by developing the "Crossroads of Peace" project, which has been widely welcomed by the international community.

Unfortunately, the Azerbaijani side is delaying and undermining the peace process under various artificial pretexts, including continuously rejecting mediation proposals made by the EU and the US. Instead of complaining about inclusiveness, Azerbaijan could eventually accept the proposals to meet at the level of Foreign Ministers in Washington D.C., and at the level of heads of state in Brussels. Perhaps it would be also relevant to mention the continuous actions by Azerbaijan, the efforts towards excluding Armenia from regional projects, undermining the principle of inclusiveness in every possible way, a vivid example of which is reflected in hindering Armenia's participation in the Black Sea Submarine Cable project.

Question: The Azerbaijani side once again complained regarding the EU Monitoring Mission in Armenia. What would you say in this regard?

It is important to assess the security situation under which the deployment of the EU mission was carried out. It followed the large-scale attack and occupation of the sovereign territory of the Republic of Armenia by Azerbaijan in September 2022. Even today, around 208 square kilometers of the sovereign territory of the Republic of Armenia is under the Azerbaijani occupation. We highly appreciate the role of the EU Monitoring Mission in the context of deterring the intentions to use force in the region and strengthening stability on the Armenia-Azerbaijan interstate border. We also welcome the decision made by the EU months ago regarding the increase in the number of the Mission’s staff. It is also appropriate to remind that at the quadrilateral meeting held in Prague on October 6, 2022, Azerbaijan itself welcomed the proposal made by the President of the EU Council and the President of France to deploy an EU Monitoring Mission not only in Armenia but also in Azerbaijan. Unfortunately, Azerbaijan later abandoned that position.

Question: What expectations does the Armenian side have from the Armenia-US-EU high-level meeting scheduled for April 5?

The meeting provides a valuable opportunity to discuss the Armenia-US, and Armenia-EU bilateral agendas, as well as issues on the Armenia-US-EU cooperation. We anticipate having substantive discussions on the political dialogue, the development of Armenia's economic and energy capacities, as well as addressing humanitarian issues that Armenia is facing. The high-level meeting is aimed at developing and deepening our existing relations and is not connected with relations with third countries. Any allegations about it being directed against anyone else are irrelevant, baseless and fictitious.



Source Panorama.am
Share |
Տեքստում սխալ կամ վրիպակ նկատելու դեպքում, ուղարկեք խմբագրին հաղորդագրություն` նշելով տվյալ սխալը, այնուհետև սեղմելով Ctrl-Enter:

Newsfeed

18:00
Rain to persist in Armenia in next few days
Rain and thunderstorms coupled with strong winds will persist across Armenia throughout the weekend, with downpours expected in some areas....
17:33
Archbishop Bagrat says Pashinyan spending 'final days' in office
Archbishop Bagrat Galstanyan has blasted Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan for repression against supporters of the Tavush for the Homeland...
17:00
Azeri official says COP29 good opportunity for Yerevan-Baku peace deal
During this year’s United Nations climate conference COP29, host-country Azerbaijan will strive to act as a bridge-builder between all...
16:30
Last Bell: 89 cars driven by minors impounded in Armenia
Police officers took a total of 89 vehicles driven by minors to impound lots as part of enhanced security measures across Armenia for Last Bell...
15:57
Expert reacts to arrests of Artsakh officials in Armenia
Varuzhan Geghamyan, a geopolitical strategist and regional security expert, has reacted to the recent arrests of Artsakh officials in Armenia....
15:34
Sean Baker's 'Anora' starring Armenian actors earns 7.5-minute Cannes standing ovation
Sean Baker’s “Anora,” a hilarious yet touching drama in which a sex worker falls in love with the son of a Russian oligarch,...
15:14
Pashinyan's bodyguards push reporter out of school in border village
Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan's bodyguards on Saturday forced journalist Ani Gevorgyan to leave the school in the border village of...
14:34
Possible change of Schengen visa fees will not affect Armenian citizens – Foreign Ministry
The possible change of Schengen visa fees will not apply to Armenian citizens, the Foreign Ministry reported on Saturday. The...
14:09
Yerevan Conservatory student wins top prize at international violin competition
Shushanna Puchinyan, a first-year student of Yerevan’s Komitas State Conservatory, has clinched the first prize at the Citta di Cervignano...
13:46
NATO has no plans to send troops to Ukraine, chief says
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said Ukraine should be allowed to use Western-supplied weapons in strikes against targets inside...
13:28
Pashinyan's helicopter makes emergency landing due to bad weather
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan's helicopter made an emergency landing due to bad weather on Saturday.. The incident occurred...
11:35
Tavush for the Homeland activists to hold awareness campaign in Yerevan on Saturday
Young supporters of the Tavush for the Homeland movement will hold an awareness campaign in Yerevan on Saturday. The campaign is scheduled...
11:21
Mayor of Artsakh's Martakert arrested
Misha Gyurjyan, the exiled mayor of the Artsakh town of Martakert, was arrested in Yerevan on Friday night, human rights lawyer Ruben Melikyan...
11:00
Catholicos Aram I meets with SDHP members
His Holiness Catholicos Aram I of the Great House of Cilicia on Friday received the representatives of the Central Committee of the Social...
17:02
Armenian border village school has only one graduate
The secondary school in Shurnukh, a border village in Armenia’s Syunik Province, has only one graduate this year. In a message on the...
16:47
Barcelona sack head coach Xavi
Barcelona have sacked manager Xavi with former Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick set to replace him, BBC Sport reports. Xavi will take...
16:36
Archbishop Bagrat says discussed protest movement with Armenian religious leader
Archbishop Bagrat Galstanyan says he met with Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II and other clerics on Thursday to discuss the protest...
16:06
Askeran mayor placed under house arrest
Hayk Shamiryan, the exiled mayor of the Artsakh town of Askeran, has been placed under house arrest, his lawyers Vahe Yeprikyan and Aram...
15:45
42 cars driven by minors taken to penalty areas in Armenia
Police officers took a total of 42 vehicles driven by minors to penalty areas as part of enhanced security measures across Armenia for Last Bell...
15:30
Russia recalls ambassador to Armenia for 'consultations'
Russia has recalled its ambassador to Armenia for “consultations”, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharov revealed....
15:05
Political analyst warns of 'highly explosive' situation in Armenia
Failure to remove Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan from power and conduct snap elections in Armenia would lead to a...
14:30
Elon Musk says AI will take everyone's jobs
Elon Musk says artificial intelligence will take all our jobs and that’s not necessarily a bad thing, CNN reports....
14:15
'I have very interesting proposals regarding Caucasus', Lukashenko tells Putin
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said security will be the first topic raised during talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir...
14:05
New active cyclone makes landfall in Armenia
A new active Mediterranean cyclone has made landfall in Armenia, the Hydrometeorology and Monitoring Center warns. The cyclone is expected...
13:31
Expert: Azerbaijan 'deeply concerned' over protest movement in Armenia
Azerbaijan is “deeply concerned” about the clergy-led protest movement in Armenia and its possible success, says Varuzhan Geghamyan,...
12:45
Czech president hospitalized after motorcycle accident
Czech President Petr Pavel has been taken to hospital after injuring himself while riding a motorcycle, BBC News reports, citing his...
12:34
Canada's House of Commons hosts exhibition on Artsakh's endangered Armenian heritage
On May 21, Greg Fergus, Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons, and Armenian Ambassador to Canada Anahit Harutyunyan co-hosted a...
11:58
Last Bell in Armenia: 12 cars driven by minors taken to penalty areas
Police officers took a total of 12 vehicles driven by minors to penalty areas as part of enhanced security measures across Armenia for Last Bell...
11:32
Armenian border guards take charge of Tavush border areas
Armenia is pulling back its troops from the border areas in Tavush Province and deploying border guards there. In a statement on Friday, the...
11:01
Armenian security chief meets with U.S. Minsk Group co-chair
Secretary of the Armenian Security Council Armen Grigoryan on Thursday met with Louis Bono, Senior Adviser for Caucasus Negotiations and...

Follow us and get updates!

Most popular articles

{"core.blocks.header.spell_message1":"Selected mistake: ","core.blocks.header.spell_message2":"Send a message about the mistake?"}