Resumption of peace talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Geneva

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Peace talks resume between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Geneva

Armenia and Azerbaijan have been fighting each other since the 1990s on their common border.

Armenia said on Friday it would attend talks on a peace treaty with Azerbaijan in Geneva, Switzerland, on Sunday, after recent border clashes have jeopardized the normalization process. between the two countries.

Last month, at least 286 people were killed on both sides before a US-brokered truce ended the worst clashes since the 2020 war between Caucasian neighbors.

Baku and Yerevan have clashed twice, in 2020 and in the 1990s, over the sovereignty of Upper Karabakh, an enclave populated by Armenians in Azerbaijan.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said on Friday that his Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan and his Azerbaijani counterpart Jeyhun Bayramov will meet in Geneva on Sunday to begin substantive discussions regarding the text of a peace accord.

Right now, there was not a single document on the negotiating table that we could sign or reject, he told the television.

The two foreign ministers met on September 20 in New York, in talks mediated by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Yerevan has claimed that three Armenian soldiers were killed in border clashes last week, accusing Azerbaijan of instigating them and demanding the deployment on the ground of an international observer mission.

Armenians opposed to Nagorno-Karabakh being ceded to Azerbaijan.

War of 2020, which lasted six weeks, claimed the lives of more than 6,500 soldiers on both sides and ended with a Russian-brokered ceasefire.

Armenia ceded swaths of territory it had controlled for decades, and Moscow deployed some 2,000 Russian troops to guard the fragile truce.

At EU-led negotiations in Brussels in April and May, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Pashinyan agreed to advance talks on a future peace treaty. peace.

They last met in Brussels on August 31, in talks mediated by European Council President Charles Michel.

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