The European Union will ship a “civilian EU mission” to Armenia to assist delineate the borders with Azerbaijan, stakeholders introduced Friday after a gathering with France in Prague.
The mission will begin in October for a most of two months, in line with a joint assertion issued after talks between Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, French head of state Emmanuel Macron and European Council President Charles Michel.
“There was an settlement by Armenia to facilitate a civilian EU mission alongside the border with Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan agreed to cooperate with this mission so far as it involved,” the assertion mentioned.
It added that the mission’s intention “is to construct confidence, and… contribute to the border commissions”.
The three leaders and the European Council president had met for a number of hours late Thursday evening on the sidelines of the primary gathering of the “European Political Group” in Prague.
Additionally they mentioned that Armenia and Azerbaijan had confirmed their dedication to the UN constitution and “the Alma Ata 1991 Declaration by means of which each acknowledge one another’s territorial integrity and sovereignty”.
Arch-foes Armenia and Azerbaijan have lengthy been locked in a decades-long territorial dispute over the Nagorno-Karabakh area — located in Muslim-majority Azerbaijan with principally Christian Armenian residents.
Final month, no less than 286 individuals have been killed on each side earlier than a US-brokered truce ended the worst clashes since 2020, when simmering tensions escalated into all-out warfare.
It claimed greater than 6,500 lives in six weeks earlier than a Russian-brokered ceasefire noticed Armenia cede swathes of territory it had managed for many years.
The 2 ex-Soviet neighbours have lengthy seen Moscow’s affect within the risky Caucasus area.
However Moscow is visibly dropping sway because it turns its consideration to Ukraine — allwoing for the US and the European Union to take a number one function in mediating the Armenia-Azerbaijan normalisation course of.