BAKU (Trend)—The European Union’s Special Representative to the South Caucasus arrived in Azerbaijan Tuesday where he said time was running out for Armenia and Azerbaijan to hammer out a final peace accord on Karabakh.
Speaking to reporters at a press briefing in Baku, Peter Semneby said it was possible to hope for progress in reaching a peaceful settlement between Armenian and Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, “but time is running out.”
“The situation in the region is changing; the status quo can not last forever. I hope very much that the momentum which was achieved last year will bring to concrete results. In any case, we will contribute in this regard,”
During his three-day official visit, Semneby will hold meetings both with Azeri officials and representatives of non-governmental organizations and political circles in Azerbaijan.
Semneby said he would also be discussing with Azerbaijan’s leaders the possibility of starting negotiations on energy agreements, regional security, the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and Armenia-Turkey relations.
“The current visit will be an important factor in the development of relations between Azerbaijan and EU,” Semneby said. “Partly the purpose of my visit is to make contacts and prepare visits of a number of new senior officials of the European Union.”