Borrell: EU ready to contribute to peaceful settlement in Caucasus

Borrell: EU ready to contribute to peaceful settlement in Caucasus

High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said about his attempts to have a trilateral meeting of the European Union, Armenia and Azerbaijan.

"As the two [Armenian and Azerbaijani] Ministers have been in touch with me, we tried to have a trilateral contact - European Union, Armenia and Azerbaijan. It has not been possible, so I will meet with the two Ministers separately," he said upon arrival at the Partnership Council.

Borrell stressed the ceasefire agreement that Russia brokered in November has certainly prevented further loss of life. "But last week, unhappily, we have heard reports from both sides of ceasefire violations. Full respect for the ceasefire remains imperative," he noted.

"If we can play a role in reconciliation, reconstruction and peace-consolidation, complementing the efforts of the Minsk Group, the European Union is ready to do it. The European Union is ready to cooperate with the [OSCE] Minsk Group and whomever else, in order to contribute to the peaceful settlement of the conflict in the Caucasus," the High Representative stressed.

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