Eastern Europe

EU calls for resumption of talks on Karabakh status

15:08, 19 November 2020
EU calls for resumption of talks on Karabakh status Photo: mil.ru

EU Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell spoke about the status of Nagorno-Karabakh.

He believes that it is necessary to resume negotiations on this issue.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke about the status of the region after the end of hostilities. He stressed that the status of Karabakh would be determined after the establishment of the rights of all categories of the region’s population. At the same time, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev rejects the very idea of ​​determining the region’s status, stating that these are ancestral Azerbaijani lands.

The EU, however, circulated Borrell’s statement where he again touches on the topic. In his opinion, the negotiation process hasn’t yet been completed.

The EU considers that efforts must be renewed for a negotiated, comprehensive and sustainable settlement of the conflict, including on the status of Nagorno-Karabakh, reads the statement.

On the night of November 10, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan adopted a joint statement on ending the conflict in Karabakh. Under the terms of the agreement, Azerbaijani and Armenian troops would remain in their positions, and the parties would start exchanging war prisoners and bodies of those dead. Russia would deploy its peacekeepers in Karabakh to monitor the ceasefire. The statement sparked protests in Yerevan, with the opposition demanding Pashinyan’s resignation.

NEWS.ru reported earlier that Putin said Armenia’s position hindered efforts to end the Karabakh war in October.