EU Call For International Efforts To Defuse Tensions Between Armenia and Azerbaijan
July 20th, 2021
European Council President Charles Michel reaffirmed his support for international efforts to defuse tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan, BTA reports.
During a visit to Yerevan, Michel stressed that the EU encourages the OSCE Minsk Group on Nagorno-Karabakh, co-chaired by the United States, Russia, and France, “to take responsibility” and “address the various issues” between the two Caucasian countries. He stressed the importance of “avoiding verbal escalation” and “the issue of / Armenian / prisoners of war” detained by Azerbaijan during the six-week war between the two countries last autumn to control the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave.
Hell 6,500 people lost their lives in the conflict that led to the military defeat of Armenia, reminds AFP.
Moscow helped sign a ceasefire agreement that forced Yerevan to cede to Baku territories it had controlled for three decades and for which war had already been waged in the 1990s. On several occasions in recent months, tensions between the two countries have nearly worsened the situation, with Yerevan, in particular, accusing Azerbaijani troops of trying to control new territories.
Charles Michel, who is touring the South Caucasus, is expected to meet with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in Baku tomorrow, and talk to the leaders of Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine in Batumi on Monday.