January 24, 2023 - 11:11 AMT
France says will be happy to join new EU mission in Armenia

France will be happy to participate in a fresh civilian mission that the European Union decided on Monday, January 23 to deploy to Armenia, French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna tweeted.

Colonna also described the decision as important.

Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan said earlier that Yerevan "very much" welcomes the European Union's decision to send a fully-fledged civilian mission to Armenia.

Mirzoyan said Armenia will “readily” cooperate with the mission and support its activities, which he said will contribute to the peace, stability and security of the region.

The Foreign Minister made the remarks in a social media post after it was revealed that the EU will establish a civilian Mission in Armenia to “contribute to stability, build confidence and ensure an environment conducive to normalisation efforts between Armenia and Azerbaijan.”

“It launches a new phase in our South Caucasus engagement, towards sustainable peace,” said Josep Borrell Fontelles, High Representative of the European Unon for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

Based on the agreement between the leaders of Armenia, Azerbaijan, European Council and France, the EUMCAP was deployed on 20 October along the Armenian side of the international border with Azerbaijan with the objective of monitoring, analysing and reporting on the situation on the ground. That mission completed its mandate two months later on December 19.

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