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EU Says Armenian, Azerbaijani Leaders Agree To Meet In Brussels In Mid-December

Headlines 12:16 20 Nov, 2021

It would be third face-to-face talks between the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan since last year’s 44-day war over Nagorno-Karabakh

EU Says Armenian, Azerbaijani Leaders Agree To Meet In Brussels In Mid-December

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev will meet in Brussels next month to discuss border clashes and advancing diplomacy, the European Union said.

“Leaders have agreed to meet in Brussels to discuss the regional situation and ways of overcoming tensions for a prosperous and stable South Caucasus, which the EU supports,” a spokesman for Charles Michel, the president of the European Council, said in a statement on November 19.

The meeting will take place on December 15 on the sidelines of the EU’s Eastern Partnership summit in Brussels.

The announcement came after Michel held phone calls with Aliyev and Pashinian.

“During the phone calls, the Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders have also agreed to establish a direct communication line, at the level of respective Ministers of Defense, to serve as an incident prevention mechanism,” the EU said.

It would be third face-to-face talks between the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan since last year’s 44-day war over Nagorno-Karabakh that killed thousands before the sides agreed to a Russian-brokered cease-fire.

The two previous meetings were in Moscow with the participation of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Renewed border clashes erupted between Armenia and Azerbaijan earlier this week, in the worst fighting since last year’s Nagorno-Karabakh war.

Azerbaijan said seven of its soldiers had been killed and 10 wounded in the November 16 fighting. Armenia said six of its soldiers were killed, 13 were captured, and the fate of another 24 servicemen is unknown.

The violence renewed international calls for the two neighbors to engage in a process of delimitating and demarcating their Soviet-era border.