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EU, Armenia ‘Still Negotiating’ On Summit Text


Armenia -- Erikas Petrikas, the Lithuanian ambassador to Armenia, speaks with RFE/RL's Armenian Service, 7Nov2013.

Armenia -- Erikas Petrikas, the Lithuanian ambassador to Armenia, speaks with RFE/RL's Armenian Service, 7Nov2013.

The European Union is continuing negotiations with Armenia on a joint document that could be signed by them at the EU’s upcoming summit in Vilnius, Lithuania’s ambassador in Yerevan, Erikas Petrikas, said on Thursday.

“Negotiations are underway. They take place every day,” Petrikas told RFE/RL’s Armenian service (Azatutyun.am). “There is no decision as yet,” he said.

Petrikas, whose country is the current holder of the EU presidency, would not be drawn on what kind of a document the two sides might sign during the summit scheduled for November 28-29. “I don’t want to speculate on what will happen, but we hope that something will happen,” he said.

“I have no doubts that the EU will find ways of cooperating with Armenia in the future. It’s our priority,” added the diplomat.

Armenia was also on course to finalize an Association Agreement with the EU at Vilnius until President Serzh Sarkisian’s recent decision to make his country part of the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. The EU’s executive body, the European Union, has rejected an Armenian proposal to initial instead a significantly watered-down version of the accord in the Lithuanian capital.

The authorities in Yerevan now hope that leaders of the 28-nation bloc will at least acknowledge Armenia’s continuing European aspirations with a joint statement or declaration. EU diplomats in Brussels told RFE/RL last week that a memorandum of understanding on future cooperation might be signed in Vilnius.
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