Armenia, Azerbaijan diplomats meet after deadly border clashes

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken hosted the international ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan in New York on Monday within the first direct talks between the 2 sides since deadly border clashes earlier this month.

Blinken’s trilateral assembly with Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan and Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov got here on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

What was mentioned on the assembly?

“Blinken conveyed condolences for the lives misplaced and emphasised the necessity to forestall additional hostilities, underscoring the significance of returning to the peace course of,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price stated in a press release.

“They mentioned subsequent steps, and the secretary inspired the edges to meet once more earlier than the top of the month,” Price added.

In Monday’s assembly, Armenian Foreign Minister Mirzoyan known as for Azerbaijani armed forces to withdraw from Armenian territory and for “worldwide mechanisms” to be launched “to stop additional escalations,” a press release from the Armenian Foreign Ministry stated.

Meanwhile, Azerbaijan’s Bayramov stated earlier than the assembly that his nation is “happy with the extent of relations” with the US and added that his direct dialogue with Mirzoyan was common.

“We are all the time open for conferences,” he stated.

What is the battle about?

For a long time, Armenia and Azerbaijan have been locked in stress over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. In 2020, a six-week battle left hundreds useless and noticed Azerbaijan make important territorial positive factors.

Intense artillery shelling broke out earlier this month, killing greater than 170 amongst troops on either side and rekindling tensions. Each nation blamed the opposite for the preliminary provocation. Last week, Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed on a ceasefire.

Fighting between the 2 former Soviet states additionally threatens to tug Turkey, a key supporter of Azerbaijan, and Russia — Armenia’s safety guarantor — right into a broader battle at a time when geopolitical tensions are already excessive.

Ahead of the talks, Blinken had stated that Washington was “inspired by the truth that the combating has ceased and there haven’t been any extra navy actions over the previous couple of days.”

On Sunday, US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi visited Armenia and decried “unlawful and deadly assaults by Azerbaijan on Armenian territory.”

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