The governments of Yerevan and Baku agreed to hold peace talks on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
This was stated by Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev at a meeting in Brussels. The meeting was hosted by the European Union, which agreed to mediate between the conflicting countries.
Both sides agreed to set up a bilateral commission. Its task will be to redefine the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The commission will also deal with security and stability at the border. It should be completed by the end of April. Prime Minister Pashinyan’s office informed about the events in Brussels. Azerbaijan has not yet commented on this issue.
Nagorno-Karabakh is a separatist region of Azerbaijan that has been under Armenian control since the mid-1990s. In the fall of 2020, battles for this disputed region once again unfolded. The conflict ended with a ceasefire in November 2020. Under this agreement, Russian peacekeepers were brought into Karabakh, and Armenia undertook to transfer the occupied territories to Azerbaijan.
Despite this, the situation between Azerbaijan and Armenia remains tense, with clashes on the border. Two weeks ago, Armenia and Russia accused Azerbaijan of violating the ceasefire. According to the Armenians, Azerbaijani forces occupied one of the villages in the region, and three Armenian soldiers were killed during the clashes.