EU tells Armenia and Azerbaijan border issues must be resolved through negotiations

The EU has commented on the recent tensions on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan and has called on both sides to resolve border issues through negotiations. 

In a statement issued in Brussels on Friday evening, EU High Representative Josep Borrell said that "The European Union is following closely the worrying developments along the Armenia-Azerbaijan border".

"On my behalf, Secretary General of the European External Action Service Stefano Sannino, spoke to Foreign Minister of Armenia Ara Ayvazian on Thursday and to Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Jeyhun Bayramov this Friday, calling on both sides to exercise the utmost restraint and de-escalate the situation. EU Special Representative Toivo Klaar has also been in contact with the OSCE Chairmanship in Office."

"Border delimitation and demarcation must be resolved through negotiations, for the benefit of the security of the local populations. We welcome ongoing contacts at the technical level between the two sides."

Armenia has accused Azerbaijan of a provocation on the southern border between the two countries and an incursion inside its territory. Azerbaijan insists it is only delineating the border based on the provisions of the 10 November trilateral declaration signed by the two countries and Russia at the end of the Karabakh War.


Source: with the press service of the European External Action Service (Brussels)
Photo: EU High Representative Josep Borrell (archive picture)