The European Union (EU) and Azerbaijan are negotiating with each other, they are negotiating; we, naturally, are not for those negotiations. Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan on Tuesday told this to reporters in Brussels, after the high-level conference on the 10th anniversary of the EU Eastern Partnership program.
To the query as to whether he is aware that, in terms of wording selection, to what degree are the EU and Azerbaijan statements’ wording related to Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) consistent with and comparable to the wording in the Armenia-EU agreement, Mnatsakanyan replied: “We [Armenia] have with the EU our agreement that is the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement where a great extent of various matters—the including regional security matter, including the paragraph on Nagorno-Karabakh—are expressed. The European Union and Azerbaijan are negotiating with each other, they are negotiating.
“Naturally, we [Armenia] are not for [these] negotiations, and here, it seems to me, there is a quite important matter for the European Union: to what extent are they principled and consistent in their stances? In that sense, I will repeat again, we [Armenia] have our contract arena where the issue of Nagorno-Karabakh has its own expression. I hope and am confident that the European Union has the principles of maintaining consistency.”
When asked whether Armenia has presented any specific reservation to the EU regarding possible partnership with Azerbaijan, the Armenian FM responded as follows: “We [Armenia] are a third party in these negotiations, and the matter first of all concerns the consistency of the European Union.”
As for the fact that “thanks to” Azerbaijan’s unique veto, three declarations and the necessary documents could not be adopted because Azerbaijan wanted—as it FM Elmar Mammadyarov revealed—that the principle of territorial integrity also be on the document, Zohrab Mnatsakanyan noted that Armenia has its own agenda with the EU, and he is satisfied with the results.
“As for the summary, the summary was made by [High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and Vice President of the EU Commission] Mrs. [Federica] Mogherini, [and] which reflects the approaches of the member states,” he added, “And as for what concerns Armenia, it reflects our approaches. We have a summary of our 10-year activity, which was expressed by way of Mrs. Mogherini’s statement. The rest was a process.”