Swiss Ambassador to Armenia Lukas Gasser: Switzerland will try to contribute to a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict without questioning the established formats such as the OSCE Minsk process
by Alexandr Avanesov
The Association Agreement is still on the agenda of the Armenia-EU negotiations, Armenia's Deputy Foreign Minister, Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, told Radio Liberty.
"This is a process that takes time, as there is Armenia and there is the EU and we should work together. I don't want to say the Association Agreement will no longer be. No, we seek it, but we need to work; this will be a legal work involving experts. We will try to find the appropriate version of the document. It is certainly possible to have what we seek: the Association Agreement to the extent that it fits our objectives and our current state of affairs," - he said.
Asked if the document will be signed at the Vilnius summit, Mnatsakanyan replied: "We should be careful, as this is not the process to be conducted fast...Certainly, we shall strive to have something better, but one should take into consideration that these are the relations between the two parties and we shall work together as we want it."
To note, following the talks that were held on September 3 in Moscow between Armenian and Russian Presidents Serzh Sargsyan and Vladimir Putin, Sargsyan had announced that Armenia plans to join the Customs Union and subsequently engage in the formation of the Eurasian Economic Union. Aside from Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan likewise are members in the Customs Union. And in response to this development, the European Union had stated that the signing of the Armenia-EU Association Agreement and the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area agreement is now doubtful.