US-Mediated Talks Aim to Broker Peace Between Armenia and Azerbaijan

Wed Jul 10 2024
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WASHINGTON, USA: Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers are set to meet in Washington for crucial talks mediated by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, aimed at forging a peace agreement between the two historic rivals.

The focus of these negotiations centers on resolving the long-standing conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, a region that has been a source of contention since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Recent developments, including Azerbaijan’s swift recapture of Nagorno-Karabakh last year, have reshaped the geopolitical landscape, leading to the displacement of tens of thousands of ethnic Armenians. Despite years of unsuccessful international mediation attempts, both countries’ leaders have expressed optimism about the prospect of a comprehensive peace deal.

Armenia’s willingness to revise its constitution, particularly removing references that assert claims to Nagorno-Karabakh, marks a significant step toward reconciliation.

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s recent statements reflect a readiness to expedite the peace process, contrasting with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s insistence on Armenia renouncing territorial claims before any agreement can be finalized.

The return of border villages by Armenia to Azerbaijan in May signaled a pragmatic approach by Yerevan to de-escalate tensions and foster a conducive environment for negotiations. While Pashinyan aims for a swift agreement, Aliyev has projected a timeline of several months for finalizing the peace agreement text.

The upcoming trilateral meeting in Washington underscores the international community’s ongoing efforts, spearheaded by the United States, to prevent further conflict and facilitate lasting peace in the Caucasus region.

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