Blinken contacts Aliyev to address rising tensions at the border

Blinken and Aliyev: Advancing Peace Process between Azerbaijan and Armenia.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev recently had a discussion about the importance of advancing the peace process between Azerbaijan and Armenia. Blinken emphasized that this peace process will bring economic benefits to the entire region. He warned that aggressive actions and rhetoric from either side will undermine the prospects for peace and stressed that there is no excuse for the escalation of tension on the border.

President Aliyev refuted accusations made in the West about Azerbaijan’s intention to attack Armenia as groundless. He highlighted the discussions held by Foreign Ministers in Berlin regarding the peace agreement text as beneficial and emphasized the need to speed up negotiations. Aliyev reiterated Azerbaijan’s commitment to declarations adopted in Prague in 2022 and Almaty.

During the telephone conversation, Blinken also called for the release of those unjustly arrested. The President of Azerbaijan raised concerns about a meeting scheduled for April 5 potentially aggravating tensions in the South Caucasus and creating new dividing lines instead of establishing peace. He expressed frustration with the refusal to postpone the meeting despite Baku’s valid concerns.

Blinken reassured Aliyev that concerns expressed in a meeting with Prime Minister of Armenia and other leaders in Brussels were not directed against Azerbaijan, but he also emphasized that actions must be taken to avoid any escalation of tension or creation of new challenges in the region.

Aliyev welcomed Blinken’s call for dialogue, but he also expressed his disappointment at some statements made by foreign leaders regarding Armenia’s alleged genocide claims, which he believes are baseless.

Both leaders agreed that peaceful resolution is essential for stability in both countries, stressing their commitment towards resolving conflicts through diplomatic means.

Overall, it is clear that both sides have different perspectives on how to approach this issue, but they remain committed towards working together towards finding a peaceful solution.

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