Azerbaijan’s remarks to be added to Riga declaration text – FM

Azerbaijan’s remarks to be added to Riga declaration text – FM

Baku, Azerbaijan, May 23
By Seba Aghayeva - Trend:

Azerbaijan will make its remarks on the declaration of the Riga summit of Eastern Partnership May 25, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov told reporters May 23.

The main remark on the declaration's text is that it doesn't say that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict should be resolved based on the international law, in particular, in accordance with the resolutions of the UN Security Council, said the minister.

Following the long debates, nonetheless, Azerbaijan decided to sign the declaration, but with reservation, said Mammadyarov.

"Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry will send its written remarks on the declaration's text to the EU next week," said the foreign minister.

These remarks will be added to the declaration, he added.

Azerbaijan made concessions to the EU by signing the declaration of the Riga summit of the Eastern Partnership, Novruz Mammadov, the deputy head of Azerbaijani Presidential Administration, chief of the administration's foreign relations department, told Trend May 22.

The Azerbaijani side addressed the summit and expressed dissatisfaction with the declaration, its spirit, the attitude to the Azerbaijani-EU cooperation, EU position on Azerbaijan's problems, according to the top official.

"We have serious claims against this document," said Mammadov.

Taking all these into account, later, Azerbaijan made concessions to the EU and agreed to sign the declaration by stating that the country will clarify its special position on the declaration, he added.

"This position will reflect all Azerbaijan's claims."

Eastern Partnership envisages the political association and economic integration of the EU with Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The last three countries signed an agreement on associated partnership with the EU in 2014.
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