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Armenia, Azerbaijan Comply with Construct Belief in Joint Assertion

Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to take steps towards normalizing ties and to alternate prisoners of warfare, a joint assertion by the international locations stated Thursday.

The Caucasus neighbors have been locked in a decades-long battle over the Nagorno-Karabakh area, which Azerbaijan reclaimed after a lightning offensive in opposition to Armenian separatists in September.

Each international locations have stated a peace settlement could possibly be signed by the top of the yr, however peace talks — mediated individually by the European Union, the US, and Russia — have seen little progress.

On Thursday, the 2 sides agreed “to take tangible steps aimed toward confidence-building” and reaffirmed their “intention to normalise ties and signal a peace settlement,” the assertion stated.

Baku will free 32 Armenian prisoners of warfare, whereas Yerevan will launch two Azerbaijani servicemen, it added.

The 2 international locations stated they “will proceed discussing extra confidence-building measures which will probably be taken within the nearest future and name on the worldwide neighborhood to help their efforts.”

The agreements had been reached throughout talks between the workplace of Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and the administration of the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev.

Armenia’s overseas ministry stated Yerevan had “responded positively to the provide of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to arrange the assembly of the Overseas Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan in Washington.”

Aliyev despatched troops to Karabakh on September 19, and after simply at some point of preventing, Armenian separatist forces that had managed the disputed area for 3 many years laid down arms and agreed to reintegrate with Baku.

Azerbaijan’s victory marked the top of the territorial dispute, which noticed Azerbaijan and Armenia battle two wars — in 2020 and the Nineties — which have claimed tens of 1000’s of lives from each side.