The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell, spoke on 2 March by phone with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia, Ara Aivazian. Their discussion focused on the entry into force of the EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA) on 1 March 2021, as well as the recent developments in Armenia.
High Representative/Vice-President Borrell highlighted the entry into force of CEPA as an important and positive milestone for EU-Armenia relations. The agreement underscores the shared commitment to democracy and the promotion of human rights and provides the framework for the EU and Armenia to work together in a wide range of areas, including creating jobs and business opportunities, protecting the environment, and furthering education and research opportunities. The High Representative/Vice-President also emphasised the EU’s sustained support to Armenia’s reform path, which is essential for the modernisation of the country.
Referring to recent developments, High Representative/Vice-President Borrell noted the significant challenges Armenia faces at the moment. He stressed that all actors must resolve their political differences peacefully and through dialogue, as well as in strict adherence with the principles and processes of parliamentary democracy.
They also discussed regional security issues.