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)
"Let us work together constructively because the endeavour is a united and strong Europe," Ursula von der Leyen told MEPs after they confirmed her in the post. She will take up her new role on November 1.
On Monday, 15 July, yet another incident occurred in the vicinity of the David Gareji Monastery which lies on a disputed area of the Georgian-Azerbaijani border. The monastery has turned from a place of worship to a flashpoint, with Georgian religious zealots trying to state their claim on the land as Georgian territory, and Azerbaijani border guards stopping them.