Armenia and European Union signed Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement
Under the agreement signed on 24 November 2017, the sides express determination to strengthen comprehensive political and economic partnership and cooperation, based on common values and close ties, including by raising Armenia’s participation in the European Union’s policy, programs and work of agencies.
The agreement seeks to boost, preserve and strengthen peace and stability at both regional and international levels, including combining efforts for eliminating sources of tension, through enhancing border security as well as cross-border cooperation and friendly relations.
The agreement stresses the significance of Armenia’s commitment for peaceful and lasting settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict and the necessity of reaching this settlement as soon as possible within the frameworks of the negotiations of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs. Sides understand the necessity of reaching this settlement based on goals and principles stipulated in the UN Charter and the OSCE Helsinki Final Act, namely the goals and principles which concern avoiding the use of force or threat of the use of force, territorial integrity of states and right of peoples for equality and self-determination. Specified goals and principles are reflected in all statements made by the OSCE Minsk Group within the frame of Co-Chairmanship after 16th ministerial council meeting that took place in 2008. Apart from that, European Union’s commitment to facilitating the process of the settlement is also highlighted.
As common values, the agreement mentions respect for democratic principles, rule of law, human rights and fundamental freedoms, namely stipulated in the UN Charter, the OSCE Helsinki Final Act and the 1990 New Europe Paris Charter, as well as in other relevant human rights documents, for example the UN Human Rights Universal Declaration and the European Convention of Human Rights, comprises the domestic and foreign policy basis of the sides and important element of the agreement.
The sides reaffirm their commitments for liberal market economy principles, sustainable development, regional cooperation and effective versatility.