New York, 20 September 2022 (TDI): Foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia, Jeyhun Bayramov, and Ararat Mirzoyan, met on the sidelines of the 77th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Session.

Both parties’ meeting was held at the initiative and participation of the United States Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken.

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During the meeting, Minister Jeyhun Bayramov brought up Azerbaijan’s views on maintaining peace in the area during the post-conflict period. He further discussed the essential steps for Azerbaijan in this direction during the meeting.

Moreover, the Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan underlined that between September 12 and 14 Armenia provoked and attacked Azerbaijan, which led to conflicts. He added that Armenia also broke the initial ceasefire that was reached within a few hours, which resulted in more casualties.

Foreign Minister Bayramov claimed that Azerbaijan is not interested in destabilization because it is a party that carries out extensive reconstruction work in the area and relocates former internally displaced people there.

Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister also recalled that Azerbaijan faced severe repercussions brought on by the occupation of its territory for 30 years.

He further pointed out that immediately after the 44-day Patriotic War, Armenia put up the proposal to sign a peace treaty and took subsequent steps in this direction.

Despite Azerbaijan’s efforts, he claimed, Armenia obstructed the processes. He told that Armenia flagrantly disregarded its commitments and violated its obligations under the terms of the tripartite agreements.

Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov reiterated his willingness for urgent talks. He aimed the talks at securing a sustainable peace in line with the presidents’ tripartite declarations and the conclusions of the Brussels meeting.

US Secretary of State’s role in the Meeting

On the eve of the annual United Nations General Assembly, Blinken received the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan at a hotel in New York City.

Blinken said he was “encouraged” there had been no violence for several days. “Strong, sustainable diplomatic engagement is the best path for everyone,” US Secretary said ahead of the meeting.

Further, the US Secretary of State said, “There is a path to a durable peace that resolves the differences through diplomacy. The United States is prepared to do whatever it can to support these efforts.

He added, “And I’m grateful to both of my colleagues for being here today to pursue this conversation.”

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