According to US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, an agreement is emerging between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Caucasus region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Blinken said yesterday at the end of four days of US-brokered talks near Washington that the two sides had “raised very difficult issues” in the past few days and “made solid progress towards a lasting peace agreement”.
“The pace and grounding of the negotiations” eventually pointed to a peace agreement, Blinken said. He pledged continued US support for both sides to “cross the finish line”. Blinken said such an agreement would be “not only historic, but also in the interests of the people of Azerbaijan and Armenia.” The commitment and determination to “move forward and resolve the remaining issues” is “real”.
The two Caucasus republics of Azerbaijan and Armenia have been fighting over the Nagorno-Karabakh border since the fall of the Soviet Union and have already fought two wars in the region. After the latest fighting in 2020, which left more than 6,500 dead, Russia imposed a ceasefire that forced Armenia to cede large swaths of territory. Nevertheless, there have always been deadly clashes along the Armenian-Azerbaijani border.
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