Latvia, Riga / corr Trend N.Kuznetsova / Peace should be accepted as a basis of relations with the European Union (EU), Elmar Mammadyarov, the Azerbaijani Foreign Minister, said addressing to the conference on Baltic countries and EU New Neighborhood Policy' in Riga on 23 November.
The conference began with determining common European values, which lay on the EU New Neighborhood policy.
Elmar Mammadyarov, the Azerbaijani Foreign Minister, also stressed the importance essential European values. The notion of 'neighborhood' gives to understand that there is definite person and his neighbors and this person defines the players. During 1990s the EU concluded an agreement on partnership with the countries of the Central and East Europe and the document offered these countries a status of partner. "Many of these countries have entered the EU, whereas some of them were included in the European Neighborhood Policy and it was promotion for them. Now the question is where the European Neighborhood Policy can provide closer cooperation with the EU," Mammadyarov said.
Addressing the conference Diana Wallis, the Vice President of the European Parliament, spoke about general key values, towards which the EU member-countries are striving for. This peace, respect to the international law and economic prosperity in the general market in the free trade regime. Special attention was paid to experience of Baltic countries and their wish of contributing in the EU New Neighborhood Policy. "The Blatic coutries have experince in entering the the EU and we apply this experience in far eastern region. However, this policy should not be imposed, but accepted. We would not like our actions to be accepted as a burden of our policy and strategy," Wallis said.