European Parliament calls on Armenia to withdraw troops from occupied lands of Azerbaijan

European Parliament calls on Armenia to withdraw troops from occupied lands of Azerbaijan
# 20 May 2010 15:25 (UTC +04:00)
Although Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia have been partners of the EU’s Neighbourhood Policy since 2004, a comprehensive regional strategy is still lacking for the region, says the resolution, which was drafted by Evgeni Kirilov (S&D, BG). MEPs want the EU strategy for the South Caucasus to concentrate on three areas: conflict resolution; promotion of democracy, human rights and the rule of law; economic cooperation and social development.
“Europe faces a complex geopolitical situation in its dealings with this region, with conflicts in the Nagorno Karabakh area and Georgia as well as tensions between Armenia and Turkey. The situation of conflict in the region is neither acceptable nor viable, say MEPs, who express concern at the recent increases in military spending and call for the withdrawal of Armenian forces from all occupied territories of Azerbaijan. Another obstacle to economic and social development is the persistence of "frozen conflicts".
Lastly, MEPs highlight the importance of the region for the EU’s energy security and supply.


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