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In Granada, the European Political Community looks for purpose.

In Granada, the European Political Community looks for purpose.

The third EPC summit, which took place in Spain on Thursday. Is not attend by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan or representatives of nations embroiled. In regional issues like Kosovar Prime Minister Albin Kurti and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliev.

About 40 heads of state and government from across Europe. Including the EU Twenty-Seven and most surrounding nations. (with the exception of Russia and Belarus), gathered in Granada, Spain, on Thursday, October 5. For the third iteration of the European Political Community (EPC) summit. Following their initial gatherings in Prague in October 2022 and Chisinau in June. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey, chose not to travel, and his ally and counterpart Ilham Aliev of Azerbaijan excused his absence by criticizing a “anti-Azerbaijani” and pro-Armenian environment.

It’s unfortunate that we won’t be able to discuss something as serious as the fact that over 100,000 people had to hurriedly leave their homes to flee a military attack, said Josep Borrell, head of European diplomacy. One of the summit’s attractions was to be talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan, mediated by Berlin, Paris, and the EU. But on Thursday, Azerbaijan declared that it would like to meet with Armenia alone under the auspices of the EU. This meeting is currently anticipate to happen before the end of the month.

In the meantime, in Granada, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pachinian met. Additionally, he met Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, who has attended every EPC conference and desires “stability” in the area, if only because he needs the complete backing of the West.

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Erdogan’s absence is negatively view

Recep Tayyip Erdogan is also not present; he have already made up his mind not to go to Chisinau. Sébastien Maillard, a special advisor to the Jacques Delors Institute, said that the EPC was also intend to serve as a channel for communication with Ankara. “This is a bad signal,” he added. Although the Turkish president’s absence in June was reasonable given that he had recently won reelection, it was not warmly received in Granada.

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