EU CONCERNED ABOUT ARMS RACE IN ZONE OF ARMENIAN-AZERBAIJANI CONFLICT AND THREAT OF ITS DESTABILIZATION

Azerbaijan Business Center
Feb 28 2011

Baku, Fineko/abc.az. European Union special representative for South
Caucasus Peter Semneby reiterated that the Union was concerned about
the threat of destabilization in the area of the Armenian-Azerbaijani
conflict over Nagorno Garabagh conflict.

Mr. Semneby stated in Baku that the EU is concerned about the current
situation, as is the arms race in the region, which can be dangerous
if the tensions continue to grow and there are new incidents.

"Therefore, greater efforts are needed. I think the EU is able to
assist to the process of settlement," he said.

In his view, the EU's recent involvement in the peace process has
increased significantly. In particular, the recent report by the
International Crisis Group, which expressed concern over the resumption
of war between Armenia and Azerbaijan, is a major contribution to
the ongoing discussion.

"There are many useful abstracts, which I hope will be taken into
consideration. We must ensure reduce the risks and prevent growth of
tension to go out of control," Mr. Semneby said.

He also admitted that a little has changed for five years of his
activity in the Garabakh conflict settlement, "and that worries us".

"There have been some advances, but there were too few. This is
dangerous, because the conflict does not exist in a vacuum, and some
changes may affect the conflict and destabilize it," he added.

As a result of conflict, Armenia has occupied 20% of Azerbaijani
territory, drove 1 million Azerbaijanis from their country and the
occupied Azerbaijani territories. Ceasefire between the two countries
has been valid since May 1994.




From: A. Papazian