Peter Stano, the chief spokesperson of the EU’s foreign affairs and security policy, spoke about the Armenia-Azerbaijan negotiations, the peace treaty discussions, and the EU’s commitment.
“The process of normalization of Armenia-Azerbaijan relations has intensified in the last month, which the European Union welcomes. The EU believes it is essential to preserve this historic moment and avoid steps, including hostile rhetoric, that could jeopardize the peace process.
Following the peace treaty negotiations held in the United States in early May, a meeting of leaders took place in Brussels on May 14 before another meeting scheduled for June 1 in Chisinau. The leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan also met in Moscow.
In Brussels, they focused on key topics, such as border issues, communications, humanitarian issues, and the rights and security of Armenians living in the former Nagorno-Karabakh autonomous region. Since then, leaders have publicly reaffirmed their unequivocal commitment to the 1991 Alma-Ata Declaration and recognition of the territorial integrity of Armenia (29,800 km²) and Azerbaijan (86,600 km²).
We welcome the bold statement of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on May 22 and his apparent willingness to work towards bilateral border demarcation. We also welcome the idea of the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, on May 25.
As work continues on these sensitive issues, building trust, engaging in good faith, and demonstrating leadership to achieve solutions to all matters related to comprehensive regulation is essential.
Despite the complex history of the conflict and the difficulties of the past, all issues should be resolved exclusively through peaceful means and dialogue. The EU is committed to supporting the parties in this case.”