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Brussels, 19 April 2013
Statement by Commissioner Štefan Füle following his meeting with Foreign Minister of Armenia Edward Nalbandian
Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Štefan Füle met today with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia, Edward Nalbandian, who visited Brussels for the signature ceremony of the Readmission Agreement. Commissioner Füle congratulated the Foreign Minister on this occasion and underlined that successful implementation was key to moving towards further enhancement of mobility.
The Commissioner welcomed an improvement in the conduct of the last presidential elections in February as reported by OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission but underlined the need to implement its remaining recommendations, including in view of the forthcoming elections to the Yerevan City Council on 5 May.
On Nagorno-Karabakh, the need for restraint on both sides was expressed. The state of play of the Association Agreement negotiations was also discussed, with substantial progress noted since the beginning of the year.
Finally the Commissioner underlined the need for a thorough preparation through an inclusive process by the Armenian side of the donors' conference, planned for later this year, so that it achieves the best possible results. This donors' conference is meant to help Armenia implement its reform priorities to the benefit of Armenian citizens.