YEREVAN (Panorama.am)—Foreign Minister of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, Karen Mirzoyan, who is on a working visit to Yerevan, met today with the European Union Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia, Herbert Salber.
Mirzoyan noted the importance of such meetings for continued relations between Artsakh and the EU.
Mirzoyan presented the ongoing democratic processes in Artsakh, touching on the 2015 parliamentary and local self-government body elections, underlining their importance for the organization of public life and for the formation authorities through democratic means.
Mirzoyan expressed confidence that cooperation between Artsakh and the EU can have a positive impact on further development and strengthening of democratic institutions in Artsakh.
Mirzoyan and Salber also touched on the current stage of the settlement process of the Karabakh conflict. They both stressed the need to prevent any attempts to destabilize the situation and to exert efforts for ensuring progress in the peace process.
Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian also met with Salber this week.
Nalbandian and Salber emphasized the importance of the mandate given by the Council of the European Union to the European Commission to negotiate the formation of a new legal framework of relations with Armenia.
Nalbandian expressed hope that as a result of the negotiations a document will be drafted that will reflect a joint commitment to raise Armenia-EU cooperation onto a new level and will outline that cooperation in areas of mutual interest.
Nalbandian and Saber also discussed efforts made by Armenia and the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairing countries aimed at moving the negotiation process of the Karabakh conflict forward.
Salber mentioned that there is no alternative to the peaceful settlement of the issue, and reaffirmed the EU’s support for the negotiations held in the format of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs.