Azerbaijan, Armenia to step up peace deal efforts

President of the European Union (EU) Council Charles Michel, in his statement after the meeting of President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan for the fourth time in Brussels, stated that the focus is on the latest developments in the South Caucasus and the relations between the EU and the two countries.

“It’s positive to see that quite a few steps have been taken to push forward the agreements reached at our last meeting.” Michel continued: “Today, we agreed to step up the fundamental work to advance the peace agreement regulating relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan, and commissioned the foreign ministers to meet within a month to work on the draft texts.”

humanitarian issues

Michel noted that there was also a detailed discussion on humanitarian issues, including mine clearance, detainees and the fate of missing persons, “emphasizing the importance of releasing more Armenian detainees to Azerbaijan.”

Boundary issues

Expressing that it was agreed that the next meeting of the border commissions would be held in Brussels in November, Michel said that they discussed the lifting of restrictions on transportation.

Stating that they agreed to meet again in this format until the end of November, Michel said: “The EU is ready to further increase its support for a long-term sustainable peace. The EU will also continue to press for the advancement of economic development for the benefit of both countries and their peoples.”

Tripartite talks in Brussels

The leaders held their first meeting in Brussels on 14 December 2021. After the second meeting on 7 April, Michel announced that they had decided to initiate a concrete process to prepare a possible peace agreement.

Aliyev and Pashinyan met for the last time on May 22 at a tripartite meeting in Brussels. The leaders agreed to advance talks on a possible peace deal, in holding the first joint meeting of border commissions, in working to unblock transport links.

On August 3, the Azerbaijani army carried out an operation after the martyrdom of an Azerbaijani soldier as a result of the terrorist and sabotage action of the illegal Armenian forces in the regions temporarily under the control of Russian elements in Karabakh.

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