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Statement by Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian on the occasion of signing Armenia-EU Agreement


Your Excellences
President Sargsyan,
President Tusk,
High Representative Mogherini,

The signing of the Armenia - EU Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement – the CEPA became one of the main deliverables of this Summit.

This wide ranging and ambitious document is our joint endeavour that opens a new chapter in the bilateral relations between the Republic of Armenia and the European Union.

The agreement establishes a solid legal basis for strengthening the political dialogue, broadening the scope of economic and sectoral cooperation, creating a framework for new opportunities in trade and investments, and for increased mobility for the benefit of our citizens.

By reaffirming commitments to the consolidation of democratic institutions, human rights, the rule of law the CEPA gives a strong impetus to the continuation of the reforms in Armenia.

It is important that the agreement reaffirms the stated commitment of the European Union to support the efforts and approaches of the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group for the peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict based on the norms and principles of the international law, in particular: non use of force or threat of use of force, equal rights and self determination of peoples and territorial integrity.

Armenia is determined to further develop and strengthen comprehensive cooperation with the EU in all areas of mutual interest based on this new agreement.

We do believe that the achievements we have had in past years provide us with a solid foundation to continue strengthening and further enhancing our Partnership and this new agreement will definitely bring our relations to qualitatively new level.

Thank you.

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