Armenia, Azerbaijan agree to civilian EU mission alongside border | European Union News

The 2-month EU mission goals to assist the arch rivals delineate their frequent borders, the European Council says.

Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to a civilian EU mission alongside their border, the place the worst preventing between the 2 nations since 2020 killed greater than 200 individuals final month, in keeping with the European Council.

The mission that may begin by the top of this month goals to assist delineate the border between the 2 nations for a most of two months, the council stated on Friday.

The settlement was reached after Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev, Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, France’s President Emmanuel Macron and European Council President Charles Michel met in Prague on Thursday on the margins of the primary gathering of the European Political Group.

“Armenia and Azerbaijan confirmed their dedication to the Constitution of the United Nations and the Alma Ata 1991 Declaration by means of which each recognise one another’s territorial integrity and sovereignty,” the European Council stated.

The battle

Arch foes Armenia and Azerbaijan have been locked in a decades-long territorial dispute over the Nagorno-Karabakh area – located in Muslim-majority Azerbaijan with largely Christian Armenian residents.

Final month, at the very least 286 individuals have been killed on each side earlier than a United States-brokered truce ended the worst clashes since 2020, when simmering tensions escalated into all-out struggle.

The battle killed greater than 6,500 individuals in six weeks earlier than a Russian-brokered ceasefire noticed Armenia cede swaths of territory it had managed for many years.

The 2 ex-Soviet neighbours have lengthy seen Moscow’s affect within the unstable Caucasus area.

However Moscow is visibly dropping sway because it turns its consideration to Ukraine – permitting for the US and the EU to take a number one function in mediating the Armenia-Azerbaijan normalisation course of.

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