The new European Union Special Representative for the South Caucasus, Toivo Klaar, on Friday (1 December) payed his first call on the President of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan. Klaar was formally appointed to the post last month, succeeding outgoing special envoy, Herbert Salber.
The website of the Armenian President said that President Sargsyan welcomed Toivo Klaar and expressed hope that he will contribute to the process of resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict spearheaded by the OSCE Minsk process, as well to bilateral EU-Armenian relations.
Armenian Foreign Minister, Eduard Nalbandian, the Head of the EU delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Switalski, and the Political Advisor in the office of EUSR Klarr, Torsten Ahren were also present.
photo: EUSR Toivo Klaar met the Armenian President in Yerevan on 1 December 2017 (picture courtesy of the press service of the president of Armenia)
Ahead of the expected Armenia-Azerbaijan summit, Benyamin Poghosyan argues in this op-ed for commonspace.eu, that the negotiating paradigm based on the Madrid principles is doomed.
"In essence this is an olive branch to the government's critics", commonspace.eu political editor said in a comment. "Its significance should not be understated. President Aliyev has in the last weeks been preparing the country for major changes. This presidential pardon may well be the opening shot of more to come".