Toivo Klaar: EU hopes for concrete and meaningful talks on Karabakh as soon as possible
09 November 2018

The European Union Special Representative (EUSR) for the South Caucasus has just ended a visit to Azerbaijan where he had intensive discussions with President Ilham Aliyev and other Azerbaijani officials on EU-Azerbaijan relations and regional issues.

On Wednesday Klaar met with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov. A statement by the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry said that the sides exchanged views on the ongoing negotiations on the new Azerbaijan-EU partnership relations, including the new Treaty, which will lay the legal basis of bilateral relations between the country and the EU.

The two sides also exchanged views on the negotiation process on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the European Union's confidence-building projects, the Ministry said.

Regional and international issues of mutual interest were also discussed.

In Baku EUSR Klaar and his delegation also met with the Azerbaijani Minister of Defence, Colonel General Zakir Hassanov.

On Wednesday Trend News Agency quoted Toivo Klaar as saying that the European Union wants to see a peaceful and lasting resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. It welcomes the reduction of tension on the line of contact and the constructive approach of the Azerbaijani and Armenian leadership to the settlement of the conflict. "The EU hopes that this will be accompanied by concrete and meaningful talks as soon as possible, in order to settle the conflict peacefully on the basis of mutual compromises. In this regard, the EU supports the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs", EUSR Klaar said.

source: with agencies

photo: EUSR Toivo Klaar met with Azerbaijani Defence Minister Col General Zakir Hassanov in baku on 7 November 2018.