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|Armenia-EU: Financial support in exchange for democracy and stability|
|Mittwoch, den 07. März 2012 um 20:53 Uhr|
The relations between Armenia and the European Union are entering a new phase. President Serzh Sargsyan has visited Brussels to give assurances that Armenia will continue its European integration and cooperation with NATO.
While visiting the Belgian capital that is regarded as the political center for both the EU and NATO, Sargsyan met European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso to say that “very important developments” have taken place recently allowing Armenia and the EU “to reach a new milestone in their relations.”The Armenian leader said that “Armenia’s relations with the EU are anchored in the same system of values which is conditioned by our historical, cultural, religious and linguistic similarities.” He said both sides were mutually satisfied with considerable progress achieved in the negotiations on the Armenia-EU Association Agreement, and negotiations on the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Zone and visa regime facilitation were making headway.
At the same time, Barroso put forward yet another “condition”. He said peace and stability in the region were needed to advance the common goals of Armenia and the EU. “I reiterate the urgent need to resolve the Karabakh conflict. The EU continues to support the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group,” he said. According to Barroso, the EU is ready to work with the OSCE Minsk Group to help support confidence-building measures, if the parties themselves wish to do so.
Article by Naira Hayrumian