Baku, 10 June 2023 (TDI): The Azerbaijan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jeyhun Bayramov, meets with the special representative of the European Union for the South Caucasus, Toivo Klaar.

Azerbaijan Meets European Union Officials
Azerbaijan Meets European Union Officials

The two officials discussed the process of normalization of Azerbaijan-Armenia relations, the ongoing mediation through the intervention of international partners, including the European Union, as well as security issues.

Toivo Klaar expressed the European Union’s support regarding the normalization process of Azerbaijan-Armenia relations and noted the European Union’s (EU) readiness to continue making contacts between the political leadership of the two countries in this direction in the future.

Before this time, the European Union Council President Charles Michel received Azerbaijan and Armenia presidents for a fifth meeting in Brussels.

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Worthy of note is the fact that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has remained at the core of the relationship between Azerbaijan and Armenia.

According to the United Nations Children’s Emergency Funds (UNICEF), the conflict has resulted in the displacement of around 90,000 people from Nagorno-Karabakh in 2020.

Furthermore, the effects of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict have spanned across many areas, such as the economy, socio-political stability, households, etc., both in Azerbaijan and Armenia.

The normalization process of the relations between both sides is also traceable to the 1 May 2023 discussion between the Foreign Ministers of both countries in Washington.

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In addition to the above, the European Union has also been attempting to ensure a lasting peace agreement between both parties. This also resulted in the meeting held by the EU in Prague for both sides on 6 October 2022.

After the discussion between the Azerbaijan Minister of Foreign Affairs and the European Union special representative, the two officials exchanged views on the prospects of cooperation between Azerbaijan and the EU.

It is anticipated that the involvement of both the European Union and the United States in the Azerbaijan-Armenia relations normalization process will result in a lasting peace between the two countries.