Armenia and Azerbaijan Leaders Discuss Peace Treaty Over Nagorno-Karabakh

The leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan discussed a peace plan over the troubled Nagorno-Karabakh region and also agreed to hold meetings on a joint border commission.

European Council President, Charles Michel said he met for the third time with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in Brussels, where they focused on the situation in the South Caucasus and the development of EU relations with both countries as well as the broader region.

Michel called the meeting productive, where they discussed humanitarian issues, including demining, and efforts to free detainees and address the fate of missing persons.

“The leaders agreed to advance discussions on the future peace treaty governing inter-state relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan,” according to Michel, who said that working teams led by the Foreign Ministers will take forward this process in the coming weeks.

During the trilateral meeting, Michel said he also stressed to both leaders that it was necessary that the rights and security of the ethnic Armenian population in Karabakh be addressed.

Pashinian and Aliyev also agreed on the principles governing transit between western Azerbaijan and Nakhichevan, and between different parts of Armenia via Azerbaijan.

The two sides also agreed on international transport through communications infrastructure of both countries as well as on principles of border administration, security, land fees but also customs in the context of international transport.

At the same time Michel assured that the EU is ready to step up and work on an Economic Advisory Group aimed at advancing economic development for the benefit of both countries and their populations.

The three sides also agreed to remain in close contact and to meet again in the same format by July or August.

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