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“The EU is willing to expand and deepen cooperation with Armenia,” says Mogherini

May 24, 2017

The EU and Armenia welcomed the end of the negotiations on the EU-Armenia comprehensive and enhanced partnership agreement during the Cooperation Council which took place on 23 May. EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and an Armenian delegation led by Edward Nalbandian, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia, discussed the next steps in EU-Armenia cooperation following the recent initialing of the agreement.

The Cooperation Council welcomed the launch of negotiations on a comprehensive EU-Armenia air transport agreement and further EU assistance to Armenia in the next programming cycle and reviewed recent political, economic and social reforms in Armenia. The EU encouraged Armenia to accelerate reforms in specific areas, addressed regional issues of common interest and discussed prospects for the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

"We discussed today the next steps in our relationship. The EU is willing to expand and deepen cooperation with Armenia," said Mogherini.

The EU encouraged impartial, credible and effective investigations of all alleged human rights violations and also called on Armenia to ensure a fair trial for all.

The EU underlined the importance for Armenia to tackle problems in the justice sector and to counter discrimination on all grounds, and to speedily adopt and implement legislation against discrimination and against domestic violence. A continued concerted fight against corruption and strong support for the rule of law is essential.

The EU expressed appreciation for Armenia's participation in the Eastern Partnership, noting that the inclusiveness of the partnership complements more tailored bilateral relations.

"Our Council meeting was very successful. We are looking forward to stronger partnership and cooperation between Armenia and the EU," said Nalbandian.

The EU is looking forward to Armenia's proactive and constructive stance in preparation for the upcoming Eastern Partnership foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg on 19 June and the next summit in Brussels on 24 November. The summit will focus on tangible benefits of the Eastern Partnership for citizens both in the EU and the Eastern Partner countries.

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