President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan urged for talks on a peace treaty with Armenia but said Yerevan would have to renounce any territorial claim against his nation, according to the news agency.
The President stated that the two former Soviet republics, which fought their last major war in 2020, could sign an agreement quickly if Armenia accepted the principles his country had put forward.
He was quoted as saying, “Armenia must officially recognise Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity, as well as the fact that it has no territorial claims against Azerbaijan and will not have any in the future.”
Otherwise, “we’ll not recognise the territorial integrity of Armenia; we will declare it officially,” he added.
While speaking in Armenia’s parliament following Aliyev’s comments, Armenian Premier Nikol Pashinyan said he would not sign any peace treaty without involving ethnic Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh with Azerbaijan.
As per the reports, during the six-week war in 2020, at least 6,500 people were killed, the latest outbreak of a conflict dating back to the collapse of the Soviet Union. The war ended as a result of Russia’s intervention and sent peacekeepers to the region of Nagorno-Karabakh, which lies inside Azerbaijan but was home to an estimated 150,000 Armenians before the latest round of fighting.
At least 6,500 people were killed in a six-week war in 2020, the latest flare-up of a conflict dating back to the collapse of the Soviet Union. It ended when Russia intervened and sent peacekeepers to the flashpoint region of Nagorno-Karabakh, which lies inside Azerbaijan but was home to approximately 150,000 Armenians before the latest round of battle.
After emerging as the decisive victor and recapturing territory lost between 1991 and 1994, Azerbaijan is in a strong negotiating position. However, many issues remain unsolved, including border demarcation.
The dispatch of nearly 2,000 peacekeepers confirmed Moscow’s role as a policeman and chief power broker in a volatile corner of the former Soviet Union, where Turkey, thanks to its close ties with Azerbaijan