European Union Intends to Raise Trust between Azerbaijan and Armenia
Azerbaijan, Baku /corr. Trend A.Badalova / The European Union intends to assist in the peaceful settlement of Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict regarding Nagorno-Karabakh, by increasing measures to re-establish trust between the two conflicting sides.
"The EU intends to assist in the settlement of the conflict in the aspect of taking measures to re-establish trust and we are going to study the opportunities in this regard," the EU Special Envoy for South Caucasus, Peter Semneby, briefed the media on 20 July after meeting with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov.
Semneby expressed satisfaction with the recent visit of Azerbaijani and Armenian intellectuals to the region of conflict, as well as to Baku and Yerevan. "It is a great step forward and I think that there will be other such measures," he said.
The diplomat said that he is planning to meet with senior officials of the Presidential Administration, the head of the Azerbaijani community of Nagorno-Karabakh, Niami Bahmanov, and NGO representatives. In addition, Semneby said that the date of his visit to Nagorno-Karabakh has not yet been confirmed.
Touching upon the participation of Deputy of the European Parliament Jozeppo Peza, as observer in the so-called 'presidential elections' in Azerbaijan's Nagorno-Karabakh region occupied by Armenia, Semneby said: "I cannot be responsible for separate deputies of the European Parliament, it is their personal initiative". Semneby could not answer the question on the European Union's intentions to simplify visa regulations with Azerbaijan.