Karabakh Conflict Resolution Process – Update as of 30/06/23

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On 27 June, Washington hosted a new round of peace talks, commented on 26 June by Matthew Miller, spokesman for the US State Department: “We continue to believe that peace is within reach“. If the Armenian side spoke of “withdrawing the troops from the border”, the Azerbaijani side spoke only of “withdrawing the Armenian armed forces, the two statements of the ministries of Foreign Affairs following the separate meetings with Anthony Blinken mentioning the remarks usual. Trilateral meetings with US Secretary of State Antony Binken and US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan took place on 27-28 June.

Shortly before these meetings, the Armenian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on 24 June calling for “direct and substantial discussions between Baku and Stepanakert with international participationwhile the Azerbaijani side replied the next day: “Azerbaijan makes efforts for the reintegration of Armenian residents, and it is necessary to end Armenia’s interference in the process under various pretexts, as well as its destructive obstruction“.

Following the death of 4 soldiers of the “Nagorno-Karabakh Defence Army” on 28 June, the Artsakh National Assembly” sharply criticized the Washington talks in a statement calling them “imitation of the formation of a climate conducive to the establishment of lasting peace and stability in the region, supposedly within the framework of international efforts calling for international sanctions by the UN Security Council and the OSCE Minsk Group against Azerbaijan “to stop Azerbaijan’s anti-human and genocidal actions in a much stronger way” and above all to the immediate halt of negotiations at the Washington talks.

The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry responded through its spokesperson on Twitter: “Azerbaijani forces have only taken retaliatory measures against a military action that injured a serviceman of Azerbaijan. The main destabilizing factor in the region is the Armenian army. These Armenian forces contrary to international law and the obligations of the trilateral declaration have not been fully withdrawn from Azerbaijan”.

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