28 Oct 2022 4:16 pm
The longstanding conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan requires a peaceful solution, says Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. Russia and Georgia want to join cooperation in the region.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan stated that Armenia is ready to establish interstate relations with Azerbaijan. The politician hopes this can be done on the principles proposed by Russia. He wanted to confirm his readiness for this at the meeting of the heads of state and government of the three countries in Sochi:
“At the beginning of September, Armenia agreed to work on the basis of the principles and parameters proposed by Russia for the establishment of interstate relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan and is ready to confirm this in Sochi. We hope Russia will support the proposals.”
According to Pashinyan, Russia had invited him and Azerbaijani President Aliyev to Sochi for negotiations. The meeting of the three heads of state and government is scheduled for October 31.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly advocated for the peace process in the region. On Thursday at the forum of the Valdai Club he spoke, among other things, on the topic of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict. According to the President, a peace agreement is necessary, but it shouldn’t be forced on anyone.
“Our stance is that of course you need a peace agreement. And we support a peace settlement and a border and a full settlement of the border issue. We are for it. The question of which option to choose is a matter for Armenia, the Armenian people and of the Armenian leadership.”
On Friday, Putin attended a meeting of heads of state or government of the countries of the Collective Security Treaty Organization. In his speech, Putin emphasized that Russia has colossal ties with Yerevan and Baku and is doing everything possible to bring about a comprehensive normalization of relations between the two countries.
“Of course we are all in a very difficult situation. But we must not withdraw and ignore confrontations and problems between two states that are close to Russia. Overall, we have an interest in the Caucasian region, Transcaucasia, being stable and sustainably developed.”
In general, significant diplomatic activities aimed at settling the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict can be observed in the region. In addition to trilateral cooperation between Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, cooperation with Georgia is also developing.
On October 25 Aliyev visited Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili in Tbilisi. In addition to interstate relations between the two countries, they also discussed issues of peace and stability in the region. The two politicians are ready to contribute to stronger cooperation with Armenia. Aliyev later confirmed that there is currently a possibility of holding consultations between Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia.
The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh has a long history. In the 1990s, the situation in the region deteriorated against the background of a sharp rise in nationalist movements in both countries. A border conflict has been going on since 2021.
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