EU-Armenia framework agreement  offers extra guarantees over Nagorno-Karabakh - lawmaker

11:13 • 17.10.17



The chapter on Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh), enshrined in the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement between the EU and Armenia, offers Armenia extra guarantees in terms of strengthening its positions on the issue, according Tevan Poghosyan, a former opposition lawmaker (Heritage party).


In an interview with Tert.am, the politician appreciated particularly the clause reaffirming the Union’s support to the OSCE Minsk Group (as the only internationally mandated mission entitled to act as a mediator between Azerbaijan and Armenia).


He said that the approach would enable Armenia to raise any concerns over international organizations’ possible failures to respect the principles of peace under Azerbaijani lobbyists’ strong pressures.


 “The EU plainly states that they recognize the OSCE Minsk Group as the only conflict settlement platform enjoying an international mandate, and express their support to the peaceful resolution efforts. Thus the European Union affirms its position on paper to later translate it to action and to enable Armenia to raise any concern (relying on this clause) as to why the EU [member] states deviate from the common approach or demonstrate a differing conduct,” he said.


Poghosyan regretted to note that the Minsk Group earlier held back the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) from dealing with the process after several members introduced anti-Armenian reports.  “The PACE adopted a technical approaches, supporting alternately Azerbaijan and Armenia, and what we got as a result were the April escalations. So this document will enable the Armenian diplomacy to push forward with the issue to state that any phenomenon harming the negotiation process is simply unacceptable,” he added.

 

Tigranuhi Martirosyan





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