Armenia has announced its readiness to broker a peace deal with its conflicting neighbour, Azerbaijan, ahead of a meeting at EU capital, Brussels, as reported by local media. ayokinews.com
This was made known by the Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, following a Cabinet meeting.
“I once again express the readiness of the Republic of Armenia to sign a peace treaty with Azerbaijan,” he said.
“Armenia is ready to immediately launch peace talks.”
“I hope to discuss and agree at that meeting with the president of Azerbaijan (Ilham Aliyev) all issues relating to the launch of peace talks,” he added.
The leaders of the two countries will be meeting in Brussels next Wednesday with Charles Michel, head of the European Commission.
Since 1991, when the Armenian military captured Nagorno-Karabakh, also known as Upper Karabakh, an area globally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, and seven surrounding regions, relations between the former Soviet republics have been hostile.
On September 27, 2020, new fighting started, and Azerbaijan retook many towns as well as 300 communities and villages during the six-week conflict.
In November 2020, the conflict ended with Armenia, relinquishing large portions of territory it had occupied for decades following a Russia-brokered agreement.
The presidents of the three countries decided in January 2021, to strengthen economic ties and infrastructural development for the benefit of the entire Caucasus region.