BAKU (Combined Sources)–Armenia’s proposal to provide electricity to the Autonomous Republic of Nakhichevan was skimmed over during a ministerial conference on energy cooperation between the European Union (EU) and the Caspian region–held in Baku on November 13.
Energy and fuel ministers from Armenia–Azerbaijan–Georgia–Iran–Kazakhstan–Kirghizstan–Moldova–Russia–Turkey–and Ukraine–joined representatives of the European Commission–international financial structures–and the TRACECA program to examine potential for cooperation.
Pointing to the importance of expanding collaboration utilizing the Caspian’s hydrocarbon resources–Hugues Mingarelli of the EU Directorate General for External Relations noted that with the addition of 10 new states to the union–the organization’s borders have moved much closer to the countries of the Caspian and Black Sea regions.
In presenting Armenia’s energy potential–energy ministry official Levon Vartanian offered to supply electricity to the historically Armenian region of Nakhichevan–which was forcibly attached to Soviet Azerbaijan in 1921–and subsequently cleansed of its entire Armenian population. An exclave of Azerbaijan–Nakhichevan borders Iran and Turkey on the south and Armenia on the north.