Sep 20 2022 11:05 a.m
The foreign ministers of both countries met in New York under US mediation. The United States wants representatives of the parties to the conflict to meet again before the end of the month.
The foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan met for the first time after the recent fighting in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly for talks mediated by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, according to the official Turkish news agency Anadolu reported. At a press conference prior to the meeting, Blinken stated:
“I want my colleagues out Thank you to Armenia and Azerbaijan for being here today. First of all, I would like to offer our sincere condolences to the families and loved ones of those who were killed or wounded in last week’s clashes. We are encouraged by the cessation of hostilities and the lack of further military action in recent days.”
The US Secretary of State said that in talks with him, the heads of state of Armenia and Azerbaijan declared their willingness to seek peace. He added:
“A strong, sustained diplomatic engagement is the best path for all parties. There is no military solution to the differences between Armenia and Azerbaijan. But I believe there is a path to a lasting peace that resolves the differences through diplomacy. The United States stands ready to do whatever it can to support these efforts.”
In a written statement, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said Blinken stressed to his interlocutors the need to end the fighting and return to peace talks. The US Secretary of State encouraged both sides to meet again before the end of the month.
Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan said after the meeting that his country was ready to reach a multilateral settlement of relations, according to the Cuban state news agency Latin Press reported. The top Armenian diplomat reiterated to his counterparts the need for the Azerbaijani troops to withdraw from the sovereign territory of Yerevan. It is inadmissible to use or threaten violence. He also advocated a quick solution to humanitarian issues, such as the repatriation of prisoners of war.
In the night from September 12 to 13, there were battles between the troops of both countries on several border sections between Azerbaijan and Armenia. Yerevan accused Baku of attacking three eastern Armenian provinces with artillery and drones. On September 14, both parties to the conflict agreed on a ceasefire after Russian mediation.
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