US Secretary of State Antony Blinken hosted the overseas 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 Overseas Minister Ararat Mirzoyan and Azerbaijani Overseas Minister Jeyhun Bayramov got here on the sidelines of the United Nations Normal Meeting.
What was mentioned on the assembly?
“Blinken conveyed condolences for the lives misplaced and emphasised the necessity to stop additional hostilities, underscoring the significance of returning to the peace course of,” State Division spokesperson Ned Worth mentioned in an announcement.
“They mentioned subsequent steps, and the secretary inspired the perimeters to fulfill once more earlier than the top of the month,” Worth added.
In Monday’s assembly, Armenian Overseas Minister Mirzoyan known as for Azerbaijani armed forces to withdraw from Armenian territory and for “worldwide mechanisms” to be launched “to stop additional escalations,” an announcement from the Armenian Overseas Ministry mentioned.
In the meantime, Azerbaijan’s Bayramov mentioned earlier than the assembly that his nation is “glad with the extent of relations” with the US and added that his direct dialogue with Mirzoyan was commonplace.
“We’re all the time open for conferences,” he mentioned.
What’s the battle about?
For many years, Armenia and Azerbaijan have been locked in rigidity over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. In 2020, a six-week struggle left 1000’s lifeless and noticed Azerbaijan make vital territorial beneficial properties.
Intense artillery shelling broke out earlier this month, killing greater than 170 amongst troops on either side and rekindling tensions. Every nation blamed the opposite for the preliminary provocation. Final week, Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed on a ceasefire.
Preventing 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.
Forward of the talks, Blinken had mentioned that Washington was “inspired by the truth that the preventing has ceased and there haven’t been any further army actions over the previous few days.”
On Sunday, US Speaker of the Home Nancy Pelosi visited Armenia and decried “unlawful and lethal assaults by Azerbaijan on Armenian territory.”