Germany calls on Armenia and Azerbaijan to continue peace talks

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“We need a solution that will restore peace,” Mr. Steinmeier stressed during talks with his two counterparts yesterday, noted his spokeswoman Kerstin Gamelin.

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier urged the governments of Armenia and Azerbaijan to continue their peace negotiations with the participation of the European Union.

“We need a solution that will restore peace,” Mr. Steinmeier stressed during talks with his two counterparts yesterday, noted his spokeswoman Kerstin Gamelin.

He urged the parties to resume tripartite negotiations mediated by European Council President Charles Michel, Ms Gamelin added on Twitter.

The discussions between the presidents of Germany, Armenia and Azerbaijan also discussed developments in Europe, Ukraine and the South Caucasus region.

Azerbaijan’s armed forces again attacked those of Armenia in mid-September. Baku accused Yerevan of provocations, which the latter denied.

More than 200 people have lost their lives in the fierce hostilities, the fiercest since the war between the two states in 2020.

The two former Soviet republics have been at loggerheads for decades over the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, which is historically home to Armenians but was part of Azerbaijan during the Soviet era. After the dissolution of the USSR, they were involved in two wars, in the years 1990 (more than 30,000 dead) and 2020 (6,500 dead). However, the latest flare-up was not centered on Nagorno-Karabakh but parts of Armenian territory, Yerevan said.

Diplomats believe that Azerbaijan’s authoritarian government has decided to seize the opportunity presented to it by the fact that Armenia’s patron power, Russia, is focusing its attention on the war in Ukraine.

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