Final Declaration of Fifth EaP Summit released

17:50, 24 November 2017
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The participants in the Fifth Eastern Partnership Summit that started its work in Brussels on November 24, have signed the event’s final declaration, urging for the settlement of the ongoing conflicts, according to an UNIAN correspondent.

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The delegations expressed concern over the violation of principles of international law and called for renewed efforts to promote the peaceful settlement of unresolved conflicts in the region, according to the Final Declaration, an UNIAN correspondent in Brussels reports.

“The Summit participants remain deeply concerned about the continued violations of principles of international law in many parts of the region. The Summit participants call for renewed efforts to promote the peaceful settlement of unresolved conflicts in the region on the basis of the principles and norms of international law. The resolution of conflicts, building trust and good neighbourly relations are essential to economic and social development and cooperation,” reads the document.

The Summit participants welcomed efforts and the EU's strengthened role in conflict resolution and confidence building in the framework or in support of “existing agreed negotiating formats and processes”.

The European Union “remains committed in its support to the territorial integrity, independence and sovereignty of all its partners”.

“The Summit participants reconfirm elements and principles embodied in past Eastern Partnership Summit Declarations and underline their firm intention to carry forward the commitments taken at previous Summits and in bilateral agreements. In this context, they underline that consolidating and promoting shared values and principles they have committed to is a key priority and contributes to developing strengthened relations between the EU and partners,” the document says.

The delegations have agreed that “stronger cooperation and forward looking and comprehensive political dialogue are key to addressing common challenges and achieving common goals” and highlighted “the importance of strengthening state, economic and societal resilience both in the EU and the partner countries”.

The participants of the Summit reconfirmed the high importance they attach to the Eastern Partnership as a specific dimension of the European Neighbourhood Policy. They reaffirmed their shared commitment to this strategic and ambitious Partnership, based on common values, mutual interests and understanding, shared ownership and responsibility, differentiation, mutual accountability, which brings the Eastern European partner countries closer to the European Union.

“Sustained and effective reform progress is key to the continued success of the Eastern Partnership,” the Declaration says.

“The Summit participants recommit themselves to strengthening democracy, rule of law, human rights and fundamental freedoms, as well as principles and norms of international law, which are at the heart of the Eastern Partnership,” reads the document.

The Summit also The Eastern Partnership supports delivery on the key global policy goals set the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

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