Borrell in separate talks with Bayramov and Mirzoyan

The EU high representative, Josep Borrell, held separate meetings on Friday (24 September) with the foreign minister of Armenia, Ararat Mirzoyan, and the foreign minister of Azerbaijan, Jeyhun Bayramov.

In similar tweets following the two meetings Borrell said the EU was ready to contribute to shaping a durable and comprehensive settlement of the conflict:

Borrell – Bayramov

In the readout of the meeting between Bayramov and Borrell, the Azerbaijani foreign ministry said the sides exchanged views on the future prospects of co-operation between the EU and Azerbaijan and discussed the current status of negotiations on a bilateral agreement, which will form the legal basis of relations between Azerbaijan and the EU, and noted the importance of concluding a new agreement based on equal partnership.

The meeting also discussed preparations for the Eastern Partnership Summit to be held at the end of the year. The sides then exchanged views on the latest situation in the region.

"Minister Jeyhun Bayramov brought to the attention of the High Representative the issues related to the reconstruction and reconstruction work carried out in the post-war period, the humanitarian consequences of the mass mining of our liberated territories by Armenia."

Borrell noted the possibility of the EU's participation in the reconstruction and reconstruction phase, the Azerbaijani readout said. The sides also exchanged views on other issues of mutual interest. 

Borrell - Mirzoyan

In their readout of the meeting between Mirzoyan and Borrell, the Armenian foreign ministry said that they expressed satisfaction with the dynamic development of the Armenia-EU partnership. They also touched upon the effective implementation of the Armenia-EU Comprehensive Extended Partnership Agreement, as well as issues related to the forthcoming Eastern Partnership Summit.

"The parties also exchanged views on regional stability and security issues. In the context of addressing the humanitarian issues arising after the 44-day war, Ararat Mirzoyan stressed the urgency of politicizing the issue of the unconditional repatriation of Armenian prisoners of war and civilian hostages held in Azerbaijan. During the meeting, the need for a formal and comprehensive settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict settlement process within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs was stressed."


photo: EU High Representative Josep Borrell met the Azerbaijani foreign minister Jeyhum Bayramov in New York on 24 September 2021 (picture courtesy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan