EU assessment mission holds talks with Armenian officials

A European Union Assessment Mission on Monday (17 October) held talks in Yerevan with Armenian officials in preparation for the deployment of a new EU Monitoring Mission on the Armenian side of the Armenia-Azerbaijan border.

The EU team met Defence Minister, Suren Papikyan

Later the Armenian Ministry of Defence tweeted, 

On October 17, Defence Minister of the Republic of #Armenia Suren Papikyan received the members of the #EU Technical Assessment #Mission.
The DefMin welcomed the mission's visit to Armenia, expressed his readiness to cooperate with the mission and support it.

— MoD of Armenia 🇦🇲 (@ArmeniaMODTeam) October 17, 2022

The EU's Foreign Affairs Council formely approved the deployment of the Mission on Monday. The mission was one of the oputcomes of the quadrilateral summit between Armenia and Azerbaijan, France and the EU, held in Prague on 6 October. The mission is to oerate for two months. Although the mission will only deploy on the Armenian side of the border, Azerbaijan has indicated it will co-operate with it on an ad hoc basis.

photo: Members of the EU Assessment Team preparing for the deployment of an EU Monitoring Mission on the Armenia-Azerbaijan border at a meeting with Armenian Defence Minister Suren Papikyan on Monday (17 Ocotber) (picture courtesy of the Armenian Ministry of Defence).