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Opinion: Historic developments are taking place in Armenia-Azerbaijan relations, but the signing of a peace treaty will likely take a longer time

Opinion: Historic developments are taking place in Armenia-Azerbaijan relations, but the signing of a peace treaty will likely take a longer time

On May 22, the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan met in Brussels with the mediation of European Council President Charles Michel to discuss the peace process. It is worth noting that since the beginning of this year, the representatives of the two South Caucasian republics have met exclusively via the mediation of the EU, while the only Russia-mediated meeting – that of the foreign ministers held on May 12 –  took place on the sidelines of another major event and brought about no novelty in the negotiations. The Brussels summit, however, delivered some very important outcomes which, if implemented, will constitute a critical breakthrough in the peace process. The quick implementation of some of the issues agreed by president Aliyev and prime minister Pashinyan at their meeting in Brussels, can be described as truly historic, writes Vasif Huseynov in this op-ed. "But the signing of a peace treaty will likely take a longer time, and necessitate an agreement not only between Baku and Yerevan, but also between Moscow and Brussels", he adds.

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25 June: Azerbaijan Foreign Minister Mammadyarov says that the Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan intend to work intensively for the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict; blames Armenia for demanding maximum concessions from Azerbaijan (trend.az)

25 June: Azerbaijan Foreign Minister Mammadyarov says that the Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan intend to work intensively for the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict; blames Armenia for demanding maximum concessions from Azerbaijan (trend.az)

Mammadyarov said that discussions in Kazan focused " on issues of concern, which are obstacle to progress in resolving the conflict.