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Kaljurand in Luxembourg: The European Union's Eastern Partnership is based on mutual duties and responsibilities
At today's European Union Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Luxembourg, the ministers discussed preparations for the May 23 joint meeting with the foreign ministers of the Eastern Partnership countries.
Foreign Minister Kaljurand said that regular meetings with ministers of the Eastern Partnership countries is a good way to keep the subject in the focus of European foreign policy.
Foreign Minister Kaljurand said that the Eastern Partnership is based on mutual commitments and joint responsibility. “The implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement is ongoing, but following the Dutch referendum, we must find a solution for the conclusive implementation of the agreement and we must do so in close cooperation and coordination with Ukraine,” Kaljurand said. In addition, the introduction of a visa-free regime with Georgia is also important.
The Foreign Minister was also pleased that Ukraine’s government crisis had come to an end and expressed hope that the new government will focus on reforms.
Foreign Minister Kaljurand commended the interest of Armenia and Azerbaijan in cooperating with the European Union, and added that agreements with these countries is a priority for the European Union. The Foreign Minister also hopes to see the intensified conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh subside and quickly reach a peaceful settlement.