Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan stated Baku's readiness to normalize relations with Yerevan

13 May

Azerbaijan is ready to normalize relations with Armenia, including signing a peace agreement and starting the process of delimitation of borders, Foreign Minister Ceyhun Bayramov said on Friday speaking at a session of the CIS Foreign Minister's Council in Dushanbe, the press service of the republic's foreign ministry reported.

"The minister noted that the Republic of Azerbaijan is ready to normalize relations with Armenia, including the signing of a peace agreement and the beginning of the border delimitation process. In this regard, he said that steps are being taken to start negotiations on the peace agreement, in particular, the chairmen and the format of the national commissions on the delimitation of borders between the two countries have been determined," the report said.

Bayramov also stressed that "the conflict is in the past, now the main task is to revive the territories liberated from occupation, restore economic and communication links, ensuring long-term peace and stability."

On November 9, 2020, the leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a joint statement on the full cessation of hostilities in the conflict zone around Nagorno-Karabakh. As a continuation of the settlement process, they met in Moscow on January 11, 2021. A new joint statement was signed, which, among other things, provided for the unblocking of all economic and transport communications in the region, and it was also agreed to create a trilateral working group at the level of deputy prime ministers to address this and other tasks. On November 26, 2021, the three leaders met again, this time in Sochi. They agreed to take steps to improve stability and security along the Azerbaijani-Armenian border, and stipulated the need for a bilateral commission to delimit the border with subsequent demarcation, with Russia expressing its readiness to provide consultative assistance at the request of the parties.

At a meeting in Brussels on April 6 this year, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan and EU Council President Charles Michel instructed the foreign ministers to begin preparations for negotiations on a peace agreement.



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