Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijani authorities meet amid ongoing tensions
In the aftermath of the recent Azerbaijani assault on Nagorno-Karabakh—which resulted in over 200 deaths and injured more than 400—a pivotal meeting between representatives of both sides has concluded, reports Armenpress and Azerbaijani media.
According to the Artshakh News no press conference will follow.
A notable disclosure by RIA Novosti is Azerbaijan's proposal for “reintegrating the Armenians of Karabakh into Azerbaijan”. On the other hand, according to Reuters, ethnic Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh are demanding security guarantees as a precondition for disarmament.
The truce, established on Wednesday, is under scrutiny. Karabakh's Armenian authorities claim Azerbaijan violated the ceasefire, an accusation Baku's defense ministry categorically denies. Yet, reports of gunfire in Karabakh's central city on Thursday raise further questions about the ceasefire's integrity.
David Babayan, adviser to the ethnic Armenian leader of Nagorno-Karabakh, Samvel Shahramanyan, expressed to Reuters the challenges ahead, noting, "Many issues remain unresolved. A final agreement hasn't been reached."
Amidst these discussions, the Armenian government is actively coordinating with Nagorno-Karabakh regarding the looming humanitarian concerns and potential relocations to Armenia, as reported by the Armenpress.
In response to these events, the European Union Mission in Armenia (EUMA) has stepped up patrols along the Armenian-Azerbaijani border. Armenpress reports EUMA's commitment to monitoring and ensuring stability in the region.