Peter Semneby: “European Union hopes improvement will be made in the negotiations on the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict”

Peter Semneby: “European Union hopes improvement will be made in the negotiations on the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict”
# 19 May 2009 15:25 (UTC +04:00)
Peter Semneby told journalists that they had discussed the relations between Azerbaijan and the European Union, particularly Eastern Partnership declaration, South corridor agreement signed in Prague, settlement of Nagorno Karabakh conflict, Turkey’s role in the region, visit of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Baku.
“Eastern Partnership declaration and South corridor agreement signed on May 7-8 are very important documents, these documents form splendid basis for future relations between Azerbaijan and the European Union. Eastern Partnership offers new opportunities for the participating countries in bilateral relations with the European Union,” he said.

Taking a stance on the simplification of visa regime and free trade opportunities with the European Union envisaged in the Eastern Partnership program, Semneby said any country wishing to establish free trade relations with Europe should be the member of the World Trade Organization.
“I hope Azerbaijan will soon become the member of this organization.

We hope the negotiations will be ended successfully”. Peter Semneby said the easing of visa regime was described in the Eastern Partnership Program and it would be discussed soon.

The EU Representative said he hoped for progress in the negotiation process over the settlement of Nagorno Karabakh conflict. “We support the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group and hope that the progress will be achieved in the negotiation process. This is important phase for the European Union. EU can contribute to this process. We will do that as soon as possible. Our contribution will be in the capacity of support to the Minsk Group, OSCE efforts. We will not do anything independently. It is very important to coordinate the efforts of the international community. We have more opportunities like the creation of atmosphere of confidence. There is unused potential”.

Semneby said normalization of the Turkish-Armenian relations and the settlement of Nagorno Karabakh conflict were two different processes, which have an effect on each other. “It needs to provide their positive effect on each other”.
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