EU ready to make concrete offers on the path to peace, including bring Armenia and Azerbaijan closer to each other – German Minister

Annalena Baerbock, German FM

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# 03 November 2023 14:35 (UTC +04:00)

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock travels to the southern Caucasus on Friday, APA reports citing DW.

The trip comes a day after Baerbock spoke at a conference on EU expansion in Berlin in which she urged Ukraine to become a member of the 27-country alliance. She also discussed the southern Caucasus, saying that the EU must not allow Russia to "isolate" Georgia from the bloc.

Ahead of the trip to Armenia on Friday, Baerbock said Germany and the EU wanted to work alongside countries in the southern Caucasus to "build a region that overcomes the shadows of the past" and looks towards a better future for the region's population.

The minister stressed that it was important that countries "take the path of mutual trust" in the name of peace.

She said the conflict had inflicted deep wounds on both sides which "can heal in the long term."

Baerbock said the EU was ready to make the region concrete offers on the path to peace, including a submarine communications cable through the Black Sea that would help "bring Armenia and Azerbaijan closer to each other and closer to us."

Half of the cost of construction of €45 million ($48 million) would be funded by the EU Global Gateway initiative, which aims to expand the bloc's global influence through infrastructure investment.

Baerbock will start her trip in Armenia, where she is scheduled to meet with Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan.

According to the German Foreign Ministry, Baerbock plans to visit a reception center for those who voluntarily left Garabagh.

Talks are also planned with members of the civilian EU Mission in Armenia (EUMA), which aims to monitor the security situation along the Armenian side of the border.

On Saturday, she will meet with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov in Baku.