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EU monitors to be deployed along Armenia-Azerbaijan border very quickly – Borrell

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EU monitors to be deployed along Armenia-Azerbaijan border very quickly – Borrell

YEREVAN, OCTOBER 17, ARMENPRESS. The team of the EU civilian observer mission will be deployed along the Armenian-Azerbaijani border very quickly, EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said during a press conference, following the Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg on October 17.

“The ministers also greenlighted the deployment of monitors from the European Union in Georgia mission to Armenia, to the Armenian side of the border with Azerbaijan. A team is already there, and according with the green light of the Council, we will deploy 40 monitors on the Armenian side of the international border with Azerbaijan in the next weeks, very quickly”, Mr. Borrell said.

In his turn President of the European Council Charles Michel welcomed the “rapid deployment of monitoring capacity in Armenia along its international border with Azerbaijan”.

“Welcome rapid deployment of monitoring capacity in Armenia along its international border with Azerbaijan following meeting with Azerbaijani President, Armenian PM and French President. Will help build confidence and allow EU to better support border commissions which will convene shortly in Brussels”, Michel tweeted.

On October 17 the Council of the European Union decided to deployup to 40 EU monitoring expertsalong the Armenian side of the international border with Azerbaijan with the objective of monitoring, analyzing and reporting on the situation in the region, the Council said in a press release.

This decision follows the quadrilateral meeting between Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, President of France Emmanuel Macron, President of the European Council Charles Michel and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on 6 October.

The Council said the decision is aimed at facilitating therestoration of peace and securityin the area, thebuilding of confidenceand thedelimitation of the international borderbetween the two states.

“The EU’s deployment of up to 40 EU monitoring experts along Armenia’s international border with Azerbaijan will aim to build confidence to the unstable a situation that is putting lives at risk and jeopardizes the conflict resolution process. This is another proof of the EU’s full commitment to contributing to the ultimate goal of achieving sustainable peace in the South Caucasus”, Josep Borrell, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, said.

"In order to ensure a swift deployment of the EU monitoring capacity, it was decided that themonitoring experts will be temporarily deployed fromthe European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM Georgia). The EUMM is taking operational steps so that its monitoring capacity in Georgia is not impacted.

The monitoring mission will have atemporary natureand in principle will not last more than two months", the Council said.

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