Presidents of Azerbaijan, Armenia, France and EU Council to meet in Prague

By Sabina Mammadli

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, French President Emmanuel Macron and European Council President Charles Michel are expected to hold a joint meeting today, October 6.

The meeting is planned to take place in Prague within the framework of the European Political Community meeting.

Meanwhile, EU diplomat Josep Borrell noted that Brussels was working to organize a border commission meeting before the end of this month.

“We are not sparing diplomatic efforts. We are mobilizing the resources we have,” Borrell added.

Azerbaijan offered Armenia to hold the third meeting of the commission on the delimitation of the state border in October, and not in November, as previously planned. The meeting is scheduled in Brussels.

Likewise, the French Ambassador to Azerbaijan, Zacharie Gross, noted that Azerbaijan’s release of 17 Armenian detainees is a welcome humanitarian gesture and helps to build confidence ahead of important meetings in Prague.

It should be noted that earlier Pashinyan and Macron met in Paris to discuss the latest regional developments.

Speaking about the border escalations, Macron said France is convinced that the use of force cannot be a solution for either Armenia or Azerbaijan and that it is necessary to resume dialogue immediately.

“As far as long-term solutions are concerned, I think it is necessary to sign the Armenian-Azerbaijani peace treaty with the mutual recognition of borders reaffirmed by the agreement of December 8, 1991. Armenia is ready for the opening of communications and construction of new communication channels in the region, in accordance with the national legislations of the countries crossed,” said Pashinyan.

On October 2, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov and his Armenian counterpart Ararat Mirzoyan met to negotiate a draft peace treaty in Geneva.

To sum up, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan met for the fourth time in Brussels on August 31 under the auspices of EU Council President Charles Michel to discuss ways to speed up preparations for the drafting of a peace agreement.

After the meeting, Michel said that Azerbaijan and Armenia decided to speed up substantive work on the peace treaty governing interstate relations between the two countries and instructed foreign ministers to meet to here a month to work on a draft text.

The parties also discussed in depth humanitarian issues, such as mine clearance, detainees and the fate of missing persons.

The leaders assessed progress on all issues relating to border demarcation and how best to ensure a stable situation and agreed that the next meeting of the border commissions would be held in Brussels in November.

The parties discussed the status of negotiations on transmission line release mechanisms.

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