MOSCOW (AP) — The president of Azerbaijan stated Saturday he hopes the ceasefire that ended a six-week warfare with Armenia this month will result in bettering relations between the international locations.
President Ilham Aliyev made the assertion as a high-level Russian delegation visited Azerbaijani’s capital, Baku. The delegation, which included Russia’s overseas and protection ministers, additionally visited the Armenian capital, Yerevan.
Russia negotiated the ceasefire signed final week, below which Azerbaijan is to regain sizeable areas of land that had been below the management of ethnic Armenian forces since a earlier warfare within the early Nineties. The settlement is backed by the presence of almost 2,000 Russian peacekeepers.
“I hope that in the present day’s ceasefire and our additional plans to normalize relations with Armenia, if perceived positively by the Armenian aspect, can create a brand new state of affairs within the area, a state of affairs of cooperation, a state of affairs of strengthening stability and safety,” Aliyev stated.
The 2 international locations shouldn’t have diplomatic relations, and the Armenia-Azerbaijan border has been closed because the warfare over the separatist area of Nagorno-Karabakh that led to 1994 with Armenian forces in charge of the area and huge swaths of adjoining territory.
Russian International Minister Sergey Lavrov stated Aliyev favors unblocking the “important commerce routes” within the area.
Russia and Azerbaijan additionally agree on the necessity to create circumstances for ethnic conciliation within the area, Lavrov stated.
Animosity between Christian Armenians and Muslim Azerbaijanis is powerful. Many Armenians leaving the territories that Azerbaijan is taking up set their homes on fireplace reasonably than enable Azerbaijanis to make use of them.
Azerbaijan has been angered to find the wholescale ruination of cities that got here below Armenian management within the Nineties warfare.
In Yerevan, Russian Protection Minister Sergei Shoigu stated his nation’s peacekeepers had been in charge of the highway that connects Nagorno-Karabakh’s capital with Armenia and that they’re making certain the return of people that fled the capital throughout the current combating.
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