Commissioner Füle regrets the damage Safarov’s release has caused to the Karabakh peace process

Liana Yeghiazaryan

Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Štefan Füle, and Prime Minister of Armenia, Tigran Sargsyan, signed two new financing agreements between the European Union and Armenia in Yerevan on Thursday.

Totaling €43 million, the two agreements focus on institution building and will support the negotiations and implementation of the future EU-Armenia bilateral agreements: the Association Agreement and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area and Visa Facilitation/Readmission Agreement.

“I believe we are preparing the ground for an Armenia which is a state with more citizen-friendly institutions, an attractive investment destination and better conditions for those businesses which want to take advantage of new market opportunities,” Commissioner Füle said after signing the documents.

Štefan Füle conveyed the EU’s positive assessment of the reforms Armenia has implemented on the path of European integration. “Armenia demonstrates political will, and the European Union appreciates this,” he said.

Mr. Füle expressed his support to Armenia’s position on and indignation at the transfer of Ramil Safarov from Hungary to Azerbaijan, where his was pardoned a promoted

Asked how Armenia can trust the European Union, considering the fact that EU member Hungary secretly extradited Azerbaijani murderer Safarov, Commissioner Füle said: “I fully respect the position of Armenians on the issue and  your right to demonstrate your indignation. Let me express my concern and regret over the damage Ramil Safarov’s release has caused to the process of peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict.” He called on the sides to show restraint and continue seeking peace.

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