YEREVAN (ARMENPRESS)—The representatives of 28 European Union member states will adopt a mandate in Luxembourg next week authorizing the opening of negotiations between Armenia and the EU on signing a new legal agreement. Armenpress reports that Harlem Desir, French Secretary of State for European Affairs, confirmed the decision during a short conversation with journalists.
“I will represent France in the meeting. The issue of cooperation is on the agenda of my speech. I have already had a number of meetings and speeches on that topic. The decision of [of the] Riga Summit was very important as it made possible the creation of a new document on cooperation between Armenia and the EU, which will comply with the obligations assumed by Armenia in the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union,” Harlem Desir said.
During the Joint Declaration of the Eastern Partnership Summit, held in Riga, Latvia on May 21-22, 2015, participants welcomed the common understanding reached for a future agreement between the EU and Armenia aimed at further developing and strengthening their comprehensive cooperation in areas of mutual interest.
While in Armenia, Desir visited the Armenian Genocide memorial complex at Tsitsernakaberd. He said that he could not leave Armenia without visiting the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial, particularly because this year is the centennial of the Armenian Genocide and the French President Francois Hollande honored the memory of victims there earlier in the year.
“Humanity did not learn lessons from the Armenian Genocide, and today we have what we have. For this reason it is very important to keep the memories alive which has universal resonance and meaning. The struggle for the recognition of the Armenian Genocide must continue in all countries, including Turkey,” said Desir.
“Turkey must face its memories, the same way Germany did. It’s very important for the reconciliation and this is the essence of France’s message. To the extent possible we raise the issue of the recognition of the Armenian Genocide in all countries,” Desir said.