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Armenia-Azerbaijan: EU sets up monitoring capacity along the international borders



Today’s Council meeting (17 October) approved the deployment of up to 40 EU-monitoring experts on the Armenian side to monitor, analyse and report on the situation in the area. This decision is in line with the quadrilateral meeting between President Aliyev and Prime Minister Pashinyan on 6 October. It aims to facilitate the restoration of security and peace in the region, as well as the building of trust and the delimitation the international border between these two countries.

The EU will deploy up to 40 EU monitors along Armenia’s border with Azerbaijan to help build trust in the situation, which is dangerous and threatens the conflict resolution process. This is yet another sign of the EU’s total commitment to contributing towards the ultimate goal to achieve sustainable peace in South Caucasus.

To ensure the rapid deployment of the EU monitoring capability, the monitoring specialists will temporarily be deployed from EUMM Georgia . The EUMM is taking operational measures to ensure that Georgia’s monitoring capacity is not affected.


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The temporary nature of the monitoring mission will ensure that it does not last for more than two months.

Background

The Republic of Armenia, and the Republic of Azerbaijan, reaffirmed their commitment to the UN Charter, and to the Alma-Ata Declaration of 21 December 1991. These declarations, which recognize each other’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, were made at the Prague meeting of the European Political Community. It was confirmed that it would serve as a foundation for the work by the border delimitation committees, and that the next meeting would take place in Brussels at the end of October. This mission’s purpose is to increase confidence and contribute through its reports to the border commissioners.

The High Representative of Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy received a letter from the Foreign Minister of Armenia on 22 September 2022. It invited the EU for the deployment of a civil CSDP Mission to Armenia.


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