On 16 May, the EU and Armenia held the 9th round of their regular Human Rights Dialogue in Yerevan. This was the first of the EU and Armenia’s regular meetings following the election of the new Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia.
The EU and Armenia reiterated their commitment to the common values of democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. These values underpin the EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement, signed on 24 November 2017 and unanimously ratified by the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia on 11 April. The EU confirmed its readiness to work together with the new Armenian Government and to offer its support in these crucial areas.
The dialogue allowed for an open, constructive exchange on the human rights situation in Armenia. In line with its policy, the EU had prior to the dialogue met with and consulted representatives of Armenian and international civil society. According to the EU press release, the meeting resulted in operational conclusions with concrete actions that will be monitored and followed up over the next year.
The EU reconfirmed its readiness to provide financial and technical support to Armenia, which is necessary for continuing the reforms aimed at further strengthening democratic institutions and human rights.
The Armenian delegation was headed by Garen Nazarian, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, while the EU delegation was led by Dirk Schuebel, Head of Division for bilateral relations with Eastern Partnership countries at the European External Action Service.
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