Peace statements ensure peace in South Caucasus region, says Azerbaijani FM

  15 March 2021    Read: 821
 Peace statements ensure peace in South Caucasus region, says Azerbaijani FM

The new situation in the region and new transit opportunities can significantly enrich the dialogue between Azerbaijan and the OSCE, said the Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov at a press conference following a meeting with his Swedish counterpart, OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Ann Linde.

Azerbaijani FM Jeyhun Bayramov informed his Swedish counterpart about the liberation of the Azerbaijani lands from the Armenian occupation during the 44-day Nagorno-Karabakh war.

"Azerbaijan supports the Helsinki Final Act, the normalization of relations between the two countries on the basis of territorial integrity and inviolability of borders. The peace statements signed on November 10, 2020, and January 11, 2021, ensure the establishment of peace in the South Caucasus region. The projects implemented between the OSCE and Azerbaijan can make a significant contribution to the stabilisation of the situation in this area. There are important opportunities in the post-war period in mine clearance, building trust between communities and other areas", Bayramov stated.

Note, the territories of Azerbaijan, which was occupied by Armenia nearly 30 years ago, was liberated from the occupation during the 44-day Second Nagorno-Karabakh War. The war started on September 27 when the Armenian Armed Forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-caliber weapons, mortars and artillery and lasted until November 10. Until November 10, the Azerbaijan Army liberated some villages and cities of Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Gubadli, Zangilan, Khojavend, Khojaly, Terter, Shusha and Lachin districts. 

On November 10, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia signed an agreement to end six weeks of fierce fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Under the agreement, Russian peacekeepers were deployed along the front line in Nagorno-Karabakh under a five-year mandate and the corridor between the region and Armenia.

Also, according to the agreement, on 20 November, Armenia handed over the Aghdam region which lies to the east of Nagorno-Karabakh, to Azerbaijan. This followed on 25 November by the Kalbajar region to the northwest of Nagorno-Karabakh

Finally, on 1 December, Armenia handed over the Lachin District, over which the Lachin pass connecting Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenia passes.

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