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A Stability Pact for the Caucasus. A Consultative Document of the CEPS Task Force on the Caucasus. CEPS Working Documents, June 2000

Emerson, Michael and Tocci, Nathalie and Celac, Sergiu. (2000) A Stability Pact for the Caucasus. A Consultative Document of the CEPS Task Force on the Caucasus. CEPS Working Documents, June 2000. [Working Paper]

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    [From introduction]. President Demirel of Turkey proposed on 16 January 2000, that there should be a Stability Pact for the Caucasus. President Shevardnardze of Georgia has for several years been arguing in favour of a Peaceful Caucasus initiative. On 17 November 1999 at Istanbul, he proposed enhanced Black Sea Economic Cooperation, to give a balanced attention to economic, political and security issues and to creation of a BSEC-EU Cooperation Platform. President Aliev of Azerbaijan advocated recently that “the countries of the South Caucasus must enter the 21st century free from all conflicts and confrontations, and accept their own Pact for Security and Peace …”. President Kocharian of Armenia addressed the Georgian parliament on 29 March 2000, arguing that: a security pact for the Caucasus can only be effective if all states of the region are involved, • • not only security and conflict resolution issues should be addressed, but it also should provide the basis for economic cooperation and democratic reforms; the pact should be based on a 3+3+2 agreement: i.e. Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia + Russia, Iran and Turkey + US and EU. Georgian foreign minister Menagharishvili spoke in reply that Tbilisi supports all initiatives aimed at stabilising the situation in the Caucasus. President Aushev of Ingushetia on 30 March 2000 called upon President Putin to seek a political solution in dialogue with all the Caucasus leaders, the entire region being destabilised by the Chechnya war, in addition to the conflicts involving Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. In the past two years, statements favouring a renewed effort for a comprehensive approach to political stability and economic development through regional cooperation in the Caucasus were also made by the US Secretary of State Albright and the Russian Foreign Minister Ivanov.

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    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-US
    Countries > Russia
    EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-Caucasus
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > CEPS Working Documents
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2009
    Page Range: p. 88
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 18:16

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