Armenia’s hypocritical and non-constructive position remains a major obstacle to gaining progress in the negotiations, the remarks came from the president of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev while receiving a delegation led by EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia Toivo Klaar.
President said that Armenia is continuing its occupation policy and destroying national, religious and historical monuments in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan.
The head of state noted that Armenia must start to withdraw its armed forces from the occupied territories, and norms and principles of international law must be restored in order to achieve the soonest settlement of the conflict.
The head of state further said that the cooperation between Azerbaijan and the EU continues to develop successfully.
Referring to European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maros Sefcovic’s participation in the fourth Meeting of the Southern Gas Corridor Advisory Council in Baku, President Aliyev said that effective discussions were held on the development of relations in the energy and other spheres.
The head of state underlined that since his last visit to the European Commission bilateral relations have been developing in all spheres. President Aliyev also said it is important to expand Azerbaijan-EU cooperation not only in the field of energy, but also in other fields, including political, trade, investment, transport, security, culture, noting that it is reflected in the new agreement between Azerbaijan and the EU.
Toivo Klaar, in turn, noted that relations between the EU and Azerbaijan are developing positively in all areas. He added that the EU-Azerbaijan cooperation has good prospects.
The Cooperation Council between the European Union and the Republic of Azerbaijan held its fifteenth meeting on 9 February 2018. It took place in the context of an intensification of EU-Azerbaijan relations, which includes the launch of negotiations last year on a new bilateral agreement.
The Cooperation Council reviewed the state of EU-Azerbaijan relations in the framework of the Eastern Partnership and the European Neighbourhood Policy and followed up on the 2017 Eastern Partnership Summit.
Both sides welcomed the launch of negotiations on a new bilateral agreement as well as on the Partnership Priorities and agreed on the need to conclude them swiftly. The importance of accelerating Azerbaijan’s accession to the WTO was also discussed.
The Cooperation Council also discussed trade and sectoral cooperation. Both sides exchanged views on cooperation in the energy sector and stressed the strategic importance of the Southern Gas Corridor.