Klaar returns to South Caucasus, meets with Armen Grigoryan

The EU's Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the Crisis in Georgia Toivo Klaar has returned to the South Caucasus region, "for a series of consultations to follow up on leaders’ meetings in Munich, starting with Yerevan".

He announced his arrival on Twitter early in the morning on Friday (24 February), adding that he was looking forward to "good meetings".

Klaar met with the Secretary of the Security Council of Armenia, Armen Grigoryan, on Friday morning, and "discussed the course of implementation of the agreements reached within the framework of the Brussels format of the Armenian-Azerbaijani negotiations", according to a press release from Grigoryan's office.

They also exchanged views on issues related to the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh problem.

Armenia "not getting involved" in Lachin negotiations, says Grigoryan

Speaking in a TV interview with FactorTV the day before, the head of the Security Council of Armenia said that they were "not getting involved" in negotiations on when and how the blockade on the Lachin Corridor will end.

He said, "Armenia continues to demand and speak to its international partners so that they, too, demand that the Lachin corridor work smoothly." He added, "But, like I said, Armenia is not getting involved in negotiations or discussions about when and how the Lachin corridor will be opened."

On Wednesday (22 February), the International Court of Justice in The Hague obliged Azerbaijan to "take all measures at its disposal to ensure unimpeded movement of persons, vehicles and cargo along the Lachin Corridor in both directions". The ruling is legally binding.

Klaar also speaks to Russian Deputy Foreign Minister about Nagorno-Karabakh

The Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Galuzin and Toivo Klaar also held a phone call on Tuesday (21 February), at the EU's request, according to a read-out from the Russian Foreign Ministry. Galuzhin and Klaar also discussed the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute.

source: commonspace.eu with agencies
photo: Security Council Office of Armenia