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Riga summit declaration contains provision on conflict settlement

Riga summit declaration contains provision on conflict settlement

May 22
The heads of state or government and the representatives of the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, the representatives of the European Union and the heads of state or government and representatives of its member states adopted Thursday, May 22, a joint declaration upon completion of the Eastern Partnership summit. The participants reconfirmed the high importance they attach to the Eastern Partnership as a specific dimension of the European Neighborhood Policy. They reaffirmed their shared vision of this strategic and ambitious Partnership as one based on mutual interests and commitments and supporting sustained reform processes. The declaration also refers to resolution of conflict, saying: “The summit participants emphasize the need for the earliest peaceful settlement of the conflicts in the region on the basis of the principles and norms of international law. The resolution of conflicts, building trust and good neighborly relations are essential to economic and social development and cooperation. The Summit participants welcome the EU's contribution to further promoting stability and confidence building, and underline the need for stronger EU engagement in this regard. They welcome the EU's strengthened role in conflict resolution and confidence building efforts in the framework or in support of existing agreed formats and processes, including through field presence when appropriate. They highlight the importance of advancing the negotiations in the 5+2 format on a comprehensive political settlement of the Transnistrian conflict and welcome intensified Chisinau-Tiraspol dialogue in all formats. They reiterate their full support to the mediation efforts by the co-chairs of the Minsk Group on the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, including at the level of Presidents and their statements since 2009.”
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