New York, 20 September 2022 (TDI): The Foreign Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Jeyhun Aziz Oglu Bayramov met with the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres, on 19 September in New York.

The Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan and the UN Secretary-General discussed the cooperation between Azerbaijan and the UN. Both parties exchanged views on the developments on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, expressed hope that the ceasefire will hold and underlined the United Nations’ support for all efforts to resolve the tensions between the two countries peacefully.

Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict

Armenia and Azerbaijan have fought two wars and seen regular smaller clashes in the last three decades. At the core of the conflict is the region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

It is, according to internationally-recognized borders, firmly a part of Azerbaijan, but is massively populated by ethnic Armenians.

The cultural divide extends beyond politics into religion too as Armenia is a Christian-majority country, while Azerbaijan is mostly Muslim.

Azerbaijan and Armenia both were part of the Soviet Union before its dissolution at the end of 1991. The conflict has led to full-scale war in the 1980s and 1990s, a six-week war in 2020, and continuing clashes for decades.

The two countries blame each other for the latest upsurge of violence. Armenia claimed that some towns along the border had been shelled by Azerbaijan and that it had responded to the provocation while Azerbaijan claimed that its infrastructure came under attack first.

The fighting has been condemned internationally and the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, made personal phone calls to the leaders of both nations, urging them to come to a peaceful settlement and prevent further fighting.

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On September 19, Over a hundred people from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia, Turkey, and other countries signed a letter calling for peace and the involvement of peace-building organizations in resolving the conflict.

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