Germany plans to expand its participation in EU observer mission in Armenia

Germany plans to expand its participation in EU observer mission in Armenia

Germany will send more observers to the border areas of Armenia to stabilize the situation in the Karabakh conflict zone, according to Azerbaijan in Focus, reporting Turan News, citing a statement by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on March 2 following a meeting in Berlin with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.

Speaking at a joint press conference with Pashinyan, Scholz expressed concern that the status quo of Karabakh remains unstable, and the humanitarian situation is “extremely depressing,” the Deutsche Welle radio station reported.

The Chancellor called for finding a “viable solution” to resolve the conflict based on respect for the principle of territorial integrity of the two countries and the right to self-determination of the residents of Nagorno-Karabakh.

At the same time, Scholz stressed that he is “very proud” of the EU mission to monitor the demarcation line in Nagorno-Karabakh, which is headed by an officer of the German Federal Police. The head of the German state stated that he wants to further develop this mission, with the involvement of more observers from Germany.

To remind, the 2-year-old EU civil mission in Armenia (EUMA) began work on February 20. Total number of its personnel – exclusively civilians, as stressed in Brussels – about 100 people, including about 50 unarmed observers.

The mission is designed for two years in order to promote stability in the border areas of Armenia, strengthen trust and security in the regions affected by the Karabakh conflict, as well as contribute to the normalization of relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan.