In Pursuance Of Own Economic Interests, EU Said Refuses To Be Clear About Karabakh

Fuad Muxtarlı Feature 14 October 2019
In Pursuance Of Own Economic Interests, EU Said Refuses To Be Clear About Karabakh

The European Union (EU) continues to believe in the signing of an agreement between Baku and Brussels, the head of the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan, Ambassador Kestutis Jankauskas, said in an interview with AzTV.

“There are good opportunities for signing a new cooperation agreement between the EU and Azerbaijan,” the ambassador said. According to the head of the mission, 20 years have passed since the signing of the previous agreement.

The new partnership agreement will be the foundation for new progressive projects: we are currently working with the Azerbaijani Economy Ministry to sign a cooperation agreement for the next two years. We hope that this document will be signed this year, the ambassador opined.

The ambassador added that the sphere of social protection in Azerbaijan is one of the areas characterized by the most serious changes: “Pension reform, the implementation of projects related to social services, the creation of the DOST Agency can serve as an example. Investing in education, human capital, their connection with the sphere of employment - this is the path leading to the future.

The EU is satisfied with its participation in this work. We are always ready to share best practices. There are many opportunities for expanding cooperation between Azerbaijan and the EU,” he added.

Strati think-tank has repeatedly written, the draft agreement that the EU proposes to Baku does not fully take into account the national interests of Azerbaijan. More specifically, the Karabakh settlement did not become the main focus of the agreement and it should have been so.

We always emphasize the importance of introducing into the new draft agreement a clause on recognizing the occupation of Azerbaijani lands by Armenia and a statement about the need for the withdrawal of invading troops from our territories.

Building relations with the EU - both within the framework of the new draft agreement, and as a whole, it is necessary to proceed from this logic. Trade, transport, aviation and energy agreements with the EU, oil and gas pipelines initiated by the West - all this is important.

But not enough to sacrifice the most important issue for Azerbaijan - Karabakh! Until the Karabakh issue becomes the main point in this agreement, it is impossible to say that it was possible to find a mutually acceptable wording. This fact is evidence that the EU will continue to try to avoid any sudden movements, so as not to offend either side.

In other words, the EU will not agree with the point where it will be said about the occupation by Armenians of 20% of the lands of Azerbaijan. However, many political steps by EU officials are just talking about this. According to available information, the EU leadership openly opposes discussions with Azerbaijan on the topic of the Armenian occupation.

So, Azerbaijan should seriously think: do we need such agreements with the EU? In addition, resolutions on the Nagorno-Karabakh issue were also adopted several times in the European Parliament.

And it directly speaks of the occupation of our lands. But for some reason, the documents adopted by the European Parliament are not taken into account by the European Commission. But all this happens because Azerbaijan is important for Europe as a source of raw materials, and in no way an important partner. Azerbaijan mainly sells oil and gas abroad.

Europe buys oil and gas. Europe is interested in buying gas from Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, and in the future from Iran. And therefore, Azerbaijan has certain significance for Europe as a source of raw materials.

Therefore, Europe does not care who owns Karabakh and needs oil and gas. And, on the one hand, the Azerbaijani rich keep, spend their money in Europe, buy palaces there, relax, and get treatment. That is, everything goes on as usual. Involving both Azerbaijan and Armenia in their programs European Neighborhood and Eastern Partnership, Brussels initially followed the tactic of not distinguishing between the aggressor and its victim.

And all because all these programs, agreements, energy projects are organized for one purpose: strengthening the geopolitical influence of the West in our region as opposed to the interests of Moscow. Therefore, no matter what European officials say about partnership and cooperation, all this is idle talk. Europe needs our energy resources and the strengthening of its geopolitical influence.