20 Sep 2017 11:28

New partnership agreement with EU to boost Armenia's reforms - President Sargsyan

YEREVAN. Sept 20 (Interfax) - Armenia is happy with its membership in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), but is also preparing to enter into an enhanced partnership agreement with the European Union, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said at the UN General Assembly session in New York.

"Armenia is an active member of the EAEU: being an enthusiastic participant, it is trying to bolster prosperity of the people through free movement of commodities on the vast economic territory. We have seen positive results, which gives us hope for the future," Sargsyan said.

Armenia and the European Union will sign the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement in November, he said.

"We are sure it will give a fresh impetus to the ongoing institutional reforms in Armenia," Sargsyan said.

In addition, Armenia is ready to engage on the debate on peacekeeping efforts in Syria, he said.

"Armenia is trying its best to mitigate sufferings of the people of Syria with humanitarian aid. We are also ready to engage in possible debates on UN-led peacekeeping efforts and the relevant mandate," Sargsyan said.

The United Nations may provide a new quality of cooperation, which can help deter the ongoing global and regional threats, he said.

"This is the reason why Armenia is participating in a number of UN peacekeeping missions. We are also ready to beef up our presence in the missions in Lebanon and Mali," Sargsyan said.