Armenia Highlights Hurdles in Peace Talks with Azerbaijan
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By The Smartencyclopedia Staff

In the ongoing negotiations for a peace treaty between Yerevan and Baku, Armenia’s Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan has shed light on the lingering challenges hindering progress towards a comprehensive resolution.

In an interview with Armenia’s Public Television late on Saturday, Mirzoyan underscored the significance of the current opportunity to establish enduring peace in the South Caucasus. While expressing Armenia’s commitment to the peace agenda and its constructive approach to negotiations, Mirzoyan revealed that despite reaching several mutual agreements, two key issues continue to impede the path to a final resolution.

The first major obstacle pertains to the mutual recognition of territorial integrity and the subsequent process of border delimitation. Mirzoyan emphasized the importance of abiding by previous agreements, particularly referencing the Alma-Ata Declaration of 1991, which outlines the basis for mutual recognition and border delineation. However, he noted Azerbaijan’s reluctance to adhere to these principles in the drafting of the peace treaty.

The second sticking point revolves around the vision for unblocking transport links and infrastructure in the region. While efforts have been made to reach a consensus on this issue, differences in perspectives persist between the two parties.

Despite these challenges, Mirzoyan expressed hope for stronger mutual understanding shortly. He also addressed the recent trilateral meeting in Brussels, where European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian. Mirzoyan clarified that the discussions did not include any military component and highlighted the aid package unveiled by the European Union and the United States to support Armenia’s efforts to enhance its resilience and diversify its economy.

However, tensions along the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan escalated following the Brussels meeting, with both sides accusing each other of ceasefire violations. Armenia’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement condemning Azerbaijan’s actions, urging it to refrain from further escalation.

As negotiations continue, the road to lasting peace in the region remains fraught with challenges. Yet, with diplomatic efforts and a commitment to dialogue, there remains hope for a resolution that addresses the concerns of both parties and paves the way for a more stable and prosperous future in the South Caucasus.

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