"EU’s engagement in the territory of Armenia started with the deployment of a civilian monitoring capacity following the agreement reached at the Prague meeting on October 6 2022, among the leaders of Azerbaijan, Armenia, France, and the President of the EU Council. Azerbaijan agreed to such an undertaking with the understanding that it will help the normalization process," APA reports ciitng the statement of Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry on the decision of the Council of the European Union (EU) on the establishment of a monitoring mission in Armenia.
"Despite clearly defined parameters and purposes of a two-month long period mission agreed upon at the highest level, the actual deployment of the monitoring capacity was accompanied by serious deviations from the agreements reached in Prague, following biased approaches taken by some EU member-states. This, in turn, affected the overall trust as regards the credibility and transparency of the decision-making within the EU.
As a matter of fact, the presence of EU monitoring capacity in Armenia coincided with increased attempts by Armenia to derail the normalization process in all its three tracks, including torpedoing the trilateral meeting of the leaders of Azerbaijan, Armenia, and the EU Council, with groundless conditioning. As such, initial expectations that the EU mission would contribute to taking the normalization agenda forward were undermined.
According to it, following the end of a two-month-long civilian EU mission in Armenia and given the interest of the EU to continue its presence, Azerbaijan has engaged in good faith in consultations with the EU and conveyed its assessment, expectations, and concerns clearly and in a transparent manner," the statement reads.