Azerbaijan President meets Armenian PM at 10th anniversary of EU's EaP initiative

  14 May 2019    Read: 1941
Azerbaijan President meets Armenian PM at 10th anniversary of EU

Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev held a brief meeting with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in Brussels, where both leaders are taking part in events devoted to the 10th anniversary of EU's Eastern Partnership initiative, reports citing Tass news agency.

"We briefly spoke with Mr Aliyev at dinner. It was a general discussion of the current situation around Nagorno-Karabakh," Pashinyan told reporters. When asked about a possibility for another meeting in the future, he said that "there are no concrete plans regarding this."

"I am confident that negotiations will continue, and it is very important now to return Nagorno-Karabakh to the negotiations table. It is impossible to achieve settlement of this conflict without Karabakh," the Armenian prime minister noted.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.

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