EU seeks to promote dialogue with Nagorno-Karabakh - debate

16:20 • 14.07.17



The European Union does not have clearly outlined policies for Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) at the moment, but it wishes to develop a real dialogue, the director of AGBU Europe said today, commenting on the EU’s possible agenda with the country.


Speaking at the public debate We Want Europe in Artsakh, Nicolas  Tavitian said the Union is now implementing a special cooperation project in an effort to promote the said dialogue. “That project does not substitute the EU policies towards Artsakh. The European Union must have specific policies which should be broader than this particular project. This project is but a justification by certain people [to demonstrate] that we virtually do something in Karabakh,” he noted.

Tavitian stressed the need of strong efforts towards changing the existing attitudes.


He also referred to a recent statement by high-ranking EU representatives (High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security PolicyFederica Mogherini , Council of Europe President Donald Tusk etc) promising to undertake serious projects in the country “as soon as a peace agreement is in place”.


“It is, certainly, important to have hopes, but we have been waiting with hope for 23 years now. In other unrecognized countries such as Abkhazia, Northern Cyprus etc. we see the EU, and EU institutions do real work; they even have humanitarian projects. So why don’t they do the same in Artsakh?”


Shahnur Minasyan, a coordinator for the Armenian organizations in Belgium, said they mainly collaborate with pro-Armenian and politically neutral public and political figures in Europe to consider future policy plans.


“There are pro-Armenians whose influence is not absolutely limited. Those who are neutral highlight the negotiations which they say have been an open-ended process since 1994. My personal understanding is that there are no negotiations in essence. The people there strive for European values, so why wait until there is a peace agreement?” he asked.

Tigranuhi Martirosyan





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