Answer – VP/HR – Nagorno-Karabakh conflict – E-014277/2015

The OSCE Minsk Group, co-chaired by France, the Russian Federation and the United States, is the established format to facilitate a political solution to the conflict. It is based on consensus and any change requires the agreement of the sides involved. The Minsk Group Co-Chairs spearhead the OSCE efforts.

The EU, including through its Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia, supports and complements the efforts led by the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs and encourages further high-level dialogue between Azerbaijan and Armenia aimed at a negotiated and comprehensive settlement of the conflict. The EU seeks to be informed about progress in the Minsk process, through regular consultations with the leaderships in Baku and Yerevan at the highest level, as well as with the Minsk Group Co-Chairs.

Over the years, the EU has also been providing support to peacebuilding activities, which help bridge the conflict divide and would underpin an agreement. The EU stands ready to continue with these activities to the extent that the sides are willing. The EU has also expressed readiness to contribute to post-conflict rehabilitation. The EU continues to be actively engaged, making specific contributions to the early, peaceful and sustainable settlement of the conflict and to further strenghen EU’s relations with both countries.

Bilaterally, the EU has just launchede negotiations with Armenia on a new legal basis for their relations and is also looking forward to updating its contractual relation with Azerbaijan. Moreover, EU’s relations with both Armenia and Azerbaijan respectively are established within the revised European Neighbourhood Policy and Eastern Partnership.