by Tatevik Shahunyan
Armenia considers cooperation with Europe as one of its foreign political priorities. The Republic will continue the course of closer EU integration with due regard for international commitments, Samvel Farmanyan, Co-Chair of the Armenia-EU Commission for Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation, said in the Armenian National Assembly on Tuesday.
In this context, he said that Armenia will shortly come out with specific suggestions on cooperation and prospects of relationship with the EU. He stressed that the international community's pressure on Turkey in the matter of opening the border with Armenia will contribute to further development of Armenia-EU relations and will considerably reduce the republic's sensitivity to security problems.
Farmanyan also expects Europe to exert pressure on Azerbaijan to make official Baku display a more constructive approach to the peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict. This will reduce the tension in the whole region. The MP thinks that the policy to isolate any of the region's countries from the regional projects is inadmissible. He suggests diversifying Armenia's energy system, thereby creating an opportunity to obtain electric power from alternative sources. He also offers the European Union to display a diversified approach to each of the Eastern Partnership countries by elaborating particular programs with different targets, prospects and agendas for each of the countries.