Armenia urges sanctions for military solution to Karabakh issue

Armenia urges sanctions for military solution to Karabakh issue

PanARMENIAN.Net - Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan met Dec 14 with foreign ministers of Poland, Sweden and Bulgaria.

Prime Minister Sargsyan noted successful completion of talks on formation of free trade area with the EU in the framework of the Eastern Partnership as priority for Yerevan, with Armenia planning to finalize negotiations by the end of 2013.

The ministers, in turn, highly assessed Armenian government’s program on reform implementation, expressing EU’s readiness to further assist Yerevan, based on “more for more” principle.

The officials dwelt on Armenia-EU visa facilitation talks, noting that the agreement will be singed on Dec 17. In this respect, Prime Minister Sargsyan noted that starting January 1, 2013 visa free regime will operate for EU citizens planning to visit Armenia, which will further contribute to development of bilateral relations.

Dwelling on Nagorno Karabakh conflict settlement, Prime Minister Sargsyan stressed peaceful solution to the problem in the framework of OSCE Minsk Group as Armenia’s goal, noting Baku’s unreadiness for constructive talks.

“Azerbaijani authorities continue storage of arms and preparing the country for war. The international community must express clear stance on the issue in an international document, with the latter urging for sanctions against any country that will attempt to solve Karabakh problem by force,” he said.

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“The President’s office will provide further details concerning the meeting’s exact date and place,” Eduard Sharmazanov told reporters.
The Deputy Foreign Minister said the clauses included in the free and comprehensive trade area deal are going to be reconsidered.
“Lavrov's agenda could not bypass the conflict, given Russia's co-chairmanship in the OSCE Minsk Group,” the official said.
Both sides expressed hope that the negotiations over a new legal document on Armenia-EU cooperation would launch by year-end.
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