Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan.21
By Saba Agayeva - Trend:
Any questions related to Armenia's accession to the Eurasian Customs Union will be carefully considered, and all decisions will be made in accordance with international law, Ambassador of Belarus to Azerbaijan Nikolai Paskevich told journalists in Baku on Jan.21.
"If any problems appear concerning Armenia's membership in the Customs Union, then they will be fully considered, and decisions will take into account the positions of all parties, the diplomat said. "Official positions of all member countries of the Customs Union are known."
The Eurasian customs union is a form of trade and economic integration of the Republic of Belarus, Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation which ensures a single customs territory.
Customs duties and restrictions of economic nature are not used in the mutual trade of goods with the exception of special protective, antidumping and countervailing measures within this territory. The member countries of the customs union apply a unified customs tariff and other common measures to regulate trade in goods with third countries.
The Customs Union of the three countries began operating in January 2012. Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Syria, Vietnam, New Zealand and Armenia have expressed a desire on making accession to the Customs Union.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan.
Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 per cent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the THE OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.
Translated by M.L.
Edited by C.N.