Council: Action plans needed for south Caucasus

The EU’s foreign ministers aim to conclude work on action plans to boost co-operation with Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia by the end of 2005.

Aiming to further develop regional co-operation and promote progress in conflict resolution in the south Caucasus region, the External Relations Council decided on 25 April to call for action plans to be drafted between the EU and Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. 

The Commission’s action plans, to be finalised by the end of 2005, should rest on the principles of the EU’s European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), the Council said.

Noting that the Commission has already started preparations for similar plans with Egypt and Lebanon, the Council said that the action plans for the three southern Caucasus states should run for a minimum of three years and should be renewable by mutual agreement. Furthermore, the action plans should be tailored to each country and should be prepared independently, the Council said.

At their recent GUUAM summit, the leaders of Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova expressed their intention to boost co-operation with the EU.

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