The European Union, like the international community, welcomes any step towards the normalization of relations by Yerevan and Baku and emphasizes the need for a comprehensive solution to the problems, stated the special representative of the European Union for the crisis in the South Caucasus and Georgia.
Toivo Klaar emphasized in an interview with the Azerbaijani APA agency that the 5-point proposal presented by Baku to Yerevan is important, but Armenia’s response is equally important.
Klaar also noted that the issue of border delimitation and demarcation between Armenia and Azerbaijan is the focus of the European Union, and they are making efforts in this direction.
Aliyev and Pashinyan will meet in Brussels next week
The other day, the Secretary of the Security Council of Armenia Armen Grigoryan and the Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan Hikmet Hajiyev met in Brussels through Klaar’s intervention. Speaking about that meeting, the high-ranking European diplomat noted that the purpose of the negotiations was to continue efforts to resolve problematic issues between the two countries. According to him, Grigoryan and Hajiyev discussed the political and security situation, the problems in bilateral relations, as well as issues related to the preparation of the upcoming meeting of their leaders, Pashinyan and Aliyev.
It was reported that the Armenian and Azerbaijani officials agreed to meet again in the coming weeks, when and where was not specified.
The EU’s special representative for the region noted that these discussions with Yerevan and Baku allow a better understanding of the current situation and what role Brussels can take in these processes. According to Klaar, he received mostly positive impressions from his meetings and hopes that the efforts of the European Union will contribute to the compromise between the parties and the resolution of unresolved issues.
In an interview with the Azerbaijani press, Toivo Klaar also expressed concern about the recent military tension. He emphasized that the ceasefire should be maintained, while emphasizing that although Brussels is actively involved in the efforts to establish peace in the region, the European Union is not a party to the tripartite declaration of November 9, 2020, so it is not authorized to monitor its implementation.