The European Union (EU) hosted high-level diplomatic talks between senior officials from Armenia and Azerbaijan in Brussels on Monday. The main objective of the meeting was to prepare for the summit between Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian next week in Spain’s Granada.
Under the auspices of President Charles Michel, his Diplomatic Advisers Simon Mordue and Magdalena Grono hosted a meeting between Armenian Security Council Secretary Armen Grigoryan and Hikmet Hajiyev, Foreign Policy Adviser to the President of Azerbaijan, with the participation of the Diplomatic Advisers of French President Macron. German Chancellor Scholz, Emmanuel Bonne, and Jens Ploetner also attended, as well as Toivo Klaar, the EU Special Representative for the crisis in the South Caucasus and Georgia.
The EU invited Azerbaijan and Armenia to exchange views on the current situation in the region and the various efforts to meet the urgent needs of the local population and the EU closely following all these developments and is intervening at the highest level to help mitigate the impact of hostilities on civilians. Last week, in this context, the EU reiterated its position on Azerbaijan's military operation.
Hikmet Hajiyev outlined Azerbaijan's plans to provide humanitarian assistance and security to the local population. The EU emphasized that international humanitarian and human rights actors need transparency and access and that more details are needed on Baku's vision for the future of Karabakh Armenians in Azerbaijan. The EU is providing assistance to Karabakh Armenians.
The meeting also facilitated an intensive exchange of views among the participants on the feasibility of a possible meeting between the leaders in the framework of the third European Political Community Summit (EPC), scheduled for October 5, in Spain’s Granada.
Participants noted the common interest of Armenia and Azerbaijan in taking advantage of the possible meeting in Granada to continue normalization efforts.
In this context, Armen Grigoryan and Hikmet Hajiyev discussed possible concrete steps to advance the Armenia-Azerbaijan peace process at the upcoming meeting, including border demarcation, security, connectivity, humanitarian issues, and broader peace.
The EU believes that the possible meeting in Granada should be used by both Yerevan and Baku to reiterate publicly their commitment to each other's territorial integrity and sovereignty in line with the agreements previously reached in Prague and Brussels.
Separately, the European Union also announced on Monday that it will allocate an additional 5 million euros in humanitarian funding in response to the growing needs arising from the Nagorno-Karabakh crisis. The escalation of hostilities and the subsequent ceasefire are expected to trigger a mass exodus of people from Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenia, with some 13 thousand 500 refugees already crossing the border.
The EU is also sending a humanitarian expert who will work hand in hand with humanitarian partners on the ground to ensure a rapid response to the crisis.
Including the new funding announced today, the European Commission has provided more than 25.8 million euros in humanitarian assistance since 2020, when the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh escalated.
Concrete actions and decisive compromise solutions are needed at all stages of the normalization process.
Source: CommonSpace EU