More than two months after a fresh round of fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia and Azerbaijan are again pledging to pursue a peaceful resolution to the decades-long conflict. At the same time, they are looking for change.
“The status quo is not acceptable,” Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said at a June 7 appearance with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, RFE/RL reported. Meanwhile, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan wants Aliyev to refrain from “childish behavior” – he recently predicted the Armenian leader will enter the Guinness Book of World Records for lying – that could undermine future talks.
The pair is expected to meet by the end of this month in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s hometown of St. Petersburg, but a date has not yet been announced. Whether or not Putin will participate in the meeting is also unclear.
A May meeting in Vienna, mediated by the OSCE’s Minsk Group, which oversees negotiations between the two sides, resulted in the usual calls for a peaceful settlement of the conflict, but little more.
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