Ambassador Peter Semneby, the European Union’s special representative in the South Caucasus, said on Monday that if Azerbaijan continues to make belligerent calls then the EU should make the sides realize taht the war could have negative impact on the further developments of the county.
He made the statement at the joint news conference with Armenian Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanian.
“Any military solution concerns us,” Semneby said in an answer to a question what sanctions could be used against a country calling for resuming the war. “I cant’s talk of sanctions but the EU can convince the sides to stay away from militant calls because it is not in their interest. And not only in political terms but also economic as the countries of the region are building free-market economies and a war would make investors to reconsider their decisions of investing in the region.”
FM Oskanian said he and the European diplomat had discussed four issues: Armenia-EU joint actions, the Nagarno-Karabakh conflict, the relations between Armenia and its neighbors, and the upcoming parliamentary election in Armenia.
Semneby pointed out that the joint EU-Armenia projects are directly connected with holding the forthcoming election in line with the European standards which could have a vital consequence for the further relations between the EU and Armenia.
When asked whether the OSCE Minsk Group American co-chair, Mathew Bryza, would produce new proposals on the conflict settlement during his visit to the region, Oskanian said the proposals don’t come out of the air, they are born at the negotiations table. He added he hoped Bryza could convince Azerbaijan to resume talks.
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