EU not competent to broker ties between Armenia and Hungary

Artak Barseghyan
Public Radio of Armenia

Armenia and the European Union are preparing to sign a Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement during the Eastern Partnership Summit in Brussels in November. The agreement will have to be ratified by all member states, including Hungary, which Armenia has no diplomatic relations with.

“All Member States will have to ratify the Agreement regardless of whether they hold diplomatic relations with Armenia or not,” the EU Delegation to Armenia said in response to an inquiry from Public Radio of Armenia.

Meanwhile, Brussels has no competence to broker the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

“The EU as an institution has no competence over the diplomatic relations entered into by individual Member States. This is a bilateral issue between Hungary and Armenia,” the EU Delegation said.

Armenia severed all diplomatic relations with Hungary after the later extradited axe-murderer Ramil Safarov to Azerbaijan. Safarov killed Armenian Army Office Gurgen Margaryan back in 2004, when the two were attending NATO exercises in Budapest.

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