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Armenia, Azerbaijan Maintain Border Delimitation Talks

Armenia and Azerbaijan on Thursday revived talks over their shared border, Armenian officers stated, as normalization negotiations between the arch-foes stalled after Baku reclaimed the long-disputed Nagorno-Karabakh area from Armenian separatists.

Baku and Yerevan have been locked in a decades-long battle for management of Azerbaijan’s previously Armenian-populated Karabakh area, which Baku recaptured in a lightning offensive in September.

Internationally-mediated peace talks between the Caucasus neighbors have failed to supply a breakthrough — however each international locations’ leaders have stated {that a} complete peace deal may very well be signed by the tip of the 12 months.

The peace course of stalled nevertheless, after Azerbaijan not too long ago refused conferences below the mediation of the European Union and United States, accusing them of favoring Armenia.

On Thursday, Armenian and Azerbaijani “commissions on border delimitation, chaired by Armenian Vice Prime Minister Mher Grigoryan and his Azerbaijani counterpart Shahin Mustafayev, started a fifth spherical of talks,” Grigoryan’s spokeswoman Ani Babayan informed AFP.

The assembly “is going down at Ijevan-Gazakh sector of the state border,” she added.

Final week, the Azerbaijani international ministry stated Baku “stands ready for direct negotiations with Armenia on a bilateral foundation to finalise the peace settlement as quickly as attainable.”

In a one-day navy operation on September 19, Azerbaijan recaptured Karabakh from Armenian separatists who had managed the mountainous enclave for 3 a long time.

Virtually your entire Armenian inhabitants of the area — greater than 100,000 folks — fled Karabakh over the next days for Armenia, sparking a refugee disaster.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev have met on a number of events for talks below the mediation of the European Union.

However final month, Aliyev refused to attend negotiations with Pashinyan in Spain, citing French bias.

Washington had additionally organized a number of conferences between the international locations’ international ministries.

Azerbaijan nevertheless refused additional talks because of what it says is Washington’s “biased” place.

The normal regional energy dealer Russia — slowed down in its Ukraine battle — has seen its affect wane within the Caucasus.