Azerbaijan has always opposed the creation of an Eastern Partnership program in a context of conflict
BAKOU, Azerbaijan, December 16
Azerbaijan has always opposed the creation of the Eastern Partnership program in a context of conflict. This principle is reflected in the joint declaration itself. It is noted that the Eastern Partnership is based on constructive cooperation and is not directed against anyone, said the head of the press service of the department Leyla Abdullayeva, responding to a question from the media on Azerbaijan’s reservations specified in the statement. joint declaration of the eastern partnership. Summit, Trend reports, citing the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry.
As you know, on December 15, 2021, the 6th Eastern Partnership Summit was held in Brussels, following which a joint declaration was adopted. The declaration includes a number of important issues for Azerbaijan: l ‘The EU has supported the territorial integrity of all partner countries, including Azerbaijan, within its internationally recognized borders. The document welcomes the progress of negotiations on a new agreement between Azerbaijan and the EU, as well as the completion of the southern gas corridor project, which contributes to the diversification of gas supply routes to the EU, “she said.
As Abdullayeva noted, the joint declaration also calls for global solidarity, increased cooperation and multilateralism to prevent a pandemic and mitigate its consequences.
“This is in line with our country’s priorities in the fight against COVID-19 under the chairmanship of the Non-Aligned Movement. Azerbaijan has always opposed the establishment of the Eastern Partnership program in a confidential context. This principle is reflected in the joint declaration itself. It is noted that the Eastern Partnership is based on constructive cooperation and is not directed against anyone. Our country’s position is that EU Member States and partner countries do not should not introduce challenges and difficulties in their relations with third countries in the Eastern Partnership program, ”noted Abdullayeva.
On the other hand, as the head of the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, the Eastern Partnership program should serve not only the relations of the partner countries with the EU, but also the development of relations between them.
“The Eastern Partnership program should not pursue policies that undermine the high-level relations established by partner countries with third countries outside of this program.
Due to the divergence between the views expressed in the joint declaration on Belarus and the principles of Azerbaijan’s foreign policy, Azerbaijan adopted a joint declaration with its reservations. That is, Azerbaijan has declared that it does not share the position on Belarus in paragraph 11.
Another reservation from Azerbaijan concerned “conflict affected territories” in the technical annex to the joint declaration. Azerbaijan, in its reservation, stressed the need to carry out activities in these territories at the request and with the consent of the country to which the territory belongs. This position is directly based on international law and the sovereign rights of states, ”she stressed.