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Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, and the Armenian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edvard Nalbandyan, held the joint press conference in Yerevan on 18 March 2015.
The two officials spoke to journalists about further EU-Armenia cooperation and then answered questions. ‘The EU and Armenia have successfully completed joint discussions on future cooperation frameworks and outlined possible ways forward. I hope that we can use these discussions as a basis, from which we can launch negotiations on a new agreement,’ stated Hahn.
Nalbandyan talked about Armenia’s approach: ‘The consultations, held between Armenia and the European Union, will outline the legal basis that in turn will be formed as a result of negotiations. Negotiations will resume, as soon as the European Union gives appropriate mandate to its team to negotiate. I think that there are prerequisites for the mandate to be given soon. In the results of negotiations we would draft the document – the new legal basis for Armenia-European Union relations. ’.
ARS_4804Commissioner Hahn again stressed the EU’s support: ‘Today we had a very comprehensive discussion touching a wide range of issues on EU-Armenia relations. Armenia can expect the EU’s further support to strengthen political and social reforms, to implement visa facilitation and the readmission agreement, and to enhance human rights and fundamental freedoms’.
Earlier on the same day, Hahn had met with the Armenian President and made a speech during the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly’s fourth ordinary session emphasising on working together to make partnerships between countries more effective.