By Vugar Khalilov
Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov and his Armenian
counterpart Ararat Mirzoyan met to negotiate a draft peace treaty
in Geneva on October 2, Azernews reports, citing the ministry.
The bilateral meeting was organized in accordance with the task
assigned to foreign ministers to develop the text of the peace
treaty as agreed by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian
Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on August 31 in Brussels under the
auspices of European Union Council President Charles Michel.
Bayramov stressed the importance of efforts on normalizing
interstate ties between Azerbaijan and Armenia and negotiating a
peace treaty in the post-conflict period. The minister called
Armenia's attention to the peace treaty provisions based on
Azerbaijan's five principles in this respect.
Taking into account the recent tensions on the undelimited
border, Bayramov proposed conducting the next meeting of the
bilateral commissions on delimitation in October, rather than
November as originally scheduled.
The Azerbaijani top diplomat emphasized the significance of the
full withdrawal of Armenian armed forces from Azerbaijani
territory, the opening of transport and communication lines in a
timely manner based on preliminary agreements, reached in the
trilateral commission led by deputy prime ministers, the need to
move forward in the field of border delimitation as envisaged in
the trilateral statements, signed by the Azerbaijani, Armenian, and
Concerning humanitarian issues, the minister stressed the need
for clarifying the fates of almost 4,000 missing Azerbaijanis, as
well as the inadmissibility of Armenia's ongoing mine-laying
campaign in Azerbaijani territory, which causes numerous tragic
losses and is considered a war crime and a gross violation of
Armenia's obligations under the trilateral statement.
Bayramov emphasized Azerbaijan's commitment to regional peace
and stability, as well as its willingness to sign a peace deal. It
was decided that negotiations in this respect would continue.
In the same vein, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin
and US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan discussed the
normalization of the Azerbaijani-Armenian ties in Istanbul,
Azernews reports citing the White House press service.
'They also discussed regional security issues, including their
support for peace talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the
importance of dialogue and diplomacy to resolve any differences in
the Eastern Mediterranean, and the progress of Finland and Sweden
towards NATO membership,' the statement says.
To recap, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime
Minister Nikol Pashinyan met for the fourth time in Brussels on
August 31 under the auspices of EU Council President Charles Michel
to look into ways of expediting preparations for drafting a peace
After the meeting, Michel said that Azerbaijan and Armenia
decided to accelerate substantive work on the peace treaty
governing inter-state ties between the two countries and tasked the
foreign ministers to meet within a month to work on a draft
The parties also thoroughly discussed humanitarian matters, like
demining, detainees, and the fate of missing people.
The leaders assessed progress on all issues relating to border
delimitation and how to best guarantee a stable situation and
agreed that the next Border Commissions meeting to be held in
Brussels in November.
The parties discussed the status of negotiations on the
mechanisms of unblocking transport lines.
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