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Berlin Meeting - Armenia, Azerbaijan Agree to More Talks

What was the result of yesterday’s meeting, hosted by Germany, between the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan in Berlin to restart peace negotiations between their two countries?

Armenia’s foreign ministry, in a statement today, reports that Ararat Mirzoyan and Jeyhun Bayramov “agreed to continue negotiations on outstanding issues.”

Azerbaijan’s foreign ministry today issued a similarly worded statement.

Demarcating the border between the two countries remains a sticking point to reach a deal to normalize relations between Yerevan and Baku.

Armenia wants to resolve the mater before any peace deal is reached, while Azerbaijan says the border delimitation issue should be kept separate from peace treaty discussions.

Armenia says the two countries should recognize each other's territorial integrity based on the 1991 Alma-Ata Declaration that declared the cessation of the USSR, signifying that Soviet Armenia and Soviet Azerbaijan are precisely the modern Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Baku, meanwhile, stresses that earlier maps should be used, arguing they are more favorable to Azerbaijan.

Another sticking point is the issue of the so-called Zangezur Corridor linking Azerbaijan proper with its Nakhijevan enclave via Armenia.

"People and goods must pass from Azerbaijan to Nakhichevan without checks, otherwise Armenia will remain in a dead end forever. <...>If the route I mentioned (referring to the "Zangezur Corridor" - ed.) is not opened, then we do not intend to open the border with Armenia in another place. In other words, in this way, they will get more harm than good from it," Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said in January.

Armenia insists that Azerbaijani passengers and cargo cannot be exempt from Armenian border controls.




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