European Parliament debate on EU strategy for South Caucasus

European Parliament debate on EU strategy for South Caucasus
# 20 May 2010 14:17 (UTC +04:00)
The European parliamentarians held hearing on the Bulgarian parliamentarian Evgeni Kirilov’s report about the EU’s relations with Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia. The European Union has to intensify its political role to support peaceful neighborhood relations in the region, said Kirilov in his report. “Members of the European Parliament welcome dynamic tempus of the Armenian-Azerbaijani negotiations, but call on the sides to intensify the talks to achieve peaceful settlement of the conflict”. Yevgeni Kirilov said one of the most painful problems of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict was refugees and internally displaced persons. He called on Armenia to withdraw its troops from the occupied lands of Azerbaijan and to create conditions for IDPs to return home.

Kirilov mentioned the Armenian-Turkish relations as well. He said EU welcomed efforts by Armenia and Turkey to normalize their relationship. The parliamentarians shared their views on the issue. EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule said during the debates that there was no need in a new strategy for the South Caucasus because it there is Eastern Partnership Program. “This program aims to make all three South Caucasian countries close to European Union. There are relevant instruments for that, including agreements of association, economic integration, visa issues and etc”. The European Parliament is expected to adopt resolution on the EU’s strategy for the South Caucasus.
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