Development of Relations with South Caucasus Depends on Fulfillment of Liabilities: EU Special Representative
Azerbaijan, Baku / Trend corr. K. Ramazanova / The development of relations between the European Union and the South Caucasus region depends on the fulfillment of liabilities assumed by countries before the organization. 'We will try to develop relations with the South Caucasus. The further development of relations depends on liabilities undertaken by countries envisaged in the Plan of Activities," Peter Semneby, the EU special representative to the South Caucasus, said in Baku on 19 October.
The Plan of Activities was signed by the EU, Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Georgia within the framework of the European Neighborhood Policy program in 2006. The EU and Azerbaijan signed an agreement on mutual understanding which promotes an energy partnership between the EU and Azerbaijan. The agreement is directed at strengthening energy security in Europe.
Semneby said he had discussed the issues with the Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Ramil Usubov, the Azerbaijani Interior Minister, and other officials. These and many other issues would be discussed during the OSCE regional conference in Baku. Semneby intends to hold discussions with Marc Perrin de Brichambaut, OSCE General Secretary.
The EU supports the OSCE Minsk Group's efforts in settling the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, Semneby said.