The European Union is ready to perform a bigger role in a process of settling the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Fule informed that a change of the OSCE Minsk Group formula had also been discussed.
Brussels is to guarantee financial backing for completing peace process among conflicted parties in Transdnistria and Nagorno-Karabakh, and rebuilding the region. ‘We invest more and more to encourage confidence-building measures both in Transdnistria and Karabakh. But it’s the beginning, since Brussels can afford more as commitment and willingness to resolve the conflict have grown,’ Fule said in an interview for Radio Svoboda. He added that Brussels might do much thanks to the foreign minister for the EU.
According to the Commissioner, the Union is prepared to assume more active role in settling the conflict. In relation to it, the change of form of the OSCE Minsk Group, which is in charge of regulating the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process, is currently being debated. There is no consideration of a replacement of one of the Group’s co-chairs. At this stage ‘I guess, the parties and the Minsk Group ought to encourage EU involvement since we’re committed to do it,’ Fule said.
The Union would provide an effective aid package when both sides reached an agreement. It would consist of means for supporting social and economic development of the region in the conflict zone. If necessary, the EU would rebuild communication infrastructure among various regions and countries. The Union’s assistance would also secure a role of civil society and other movements instrumental in bringing peace.