Time Running Out For Karabakh Status Quo, Says EU Envoy

EU Special Representative to the South Caucasus Peter Semneby

BAKU (Trend)—The European Union’s Special Representative to the South Caucasus arrived in Azerbaijan Tuesday where he said time was running out for Armenia and Azerbaijan to hammer out a final peace accord on Karabakh.

Speaking to reporters at a press briefing in Baku, Peter Semneby said it was possible to hope for progress in reaching a peaceful settlement between Armenian and Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, “but time is running out.”

“The situation in the region is changing; the status quo can not last forever. I hope very much that the momentum which was achieved last year will bring to concrete results. In any case, we will contribute in this regard,”

During his three-day official visit, Semneby will hold meetings both with Azeri officials and representatives of non-governmental organizations and political circles in Azerbaijan.

Semneby said he would also be discussing with Azerbaijan’s leaders the possibility of starting negotiations on energy agreements, regional security, the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and Armenia-Turkey relations.

“The current visit will be an important factor in the development of relations between Azerbaijan and EU,” Semneby said. “Partly the purpose of my visit is to make contacts and prepare visits of a number of new senior officials of the European Union.”



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  1. Lusik said:

    You are concerned with Armenia and Artsakh regaining the momentum.
    You do not want this fresh reserve to mature and make a muscle.
    You are concerned that the neighborhood of Armenia reveals more and more its grayishness, and it becomes more and more difficult to find a suitable reason to deny Artsakhian’s right to have a free, while secure and dignified, life.

  2. Arman said:

    Time is running out says Peter Semneby because they have their own agendas and their own designs with their own timetables for us and our region. Our region is our home, but they see it as a place to trample on and exploit. Just like in Western Armenia, which is to be considered a holy land because so many Armenian souls wander in it unavenged, British Petroleum just views the land as a convenient place to run oil pipelines through, without giving a damn that this is land like a cemetery, to be respected.

  3. Kiazer Souze said:

    I didn’t know there was a clock ticking on this issue. If this time runs out, then what? Will the world colapse? Will the Swiss be made the scape-goats for bringing these awful protocols? Hasn’t time run out for the Turks to recognize the Armenian Genocide? After 95 years? The pressure needs to be placed on the Azeris and the Turks. Not the other way around.