Scholz urges Aliyev to respect Armenia's territorial integrity in phone call
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz underlined the fundamental importance of respecting Armenia's territorial boundaries and avoiding any assertions or claims regarding Armenian land during a telephone call with Azerbaijani President İlham Aliyev on Thursday.
The conversation revolved around the critical issue of Armenia's territorial integrity and the imperative of maintaining peaceful negotiations.
Chancellor Scholz initiated the call, recognizing the gravity of the situation following President Aliyev's decision to cancel a planned peace summit with Armenia. The summit, scheduled to take place in Granada, Spain, was set to include high-level representatives from both countries, as well as European Union Council President Charles Michel, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Chancellor Scholz himself.
During their conversation, Scholz stressed that peaceful negotiations must continue uninterrupted to seek a lasting resolution to the long-standing conflict.
Scholz also voiced his support for President Michel's efforts to facilitate dialogue between Armenia and Azerbaijan, with the participation of France and Germany. He emphasized the need for transparency in addressing the evolving situation in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
In response to the call, the German government spokesperson, Christiane Hoffmann, issued a statement reiterating the urgency of avoiding military escalation and refraining from making territorial claims on Armenian soil. Hoffmann emphasized that the German government is committed to upholding the principle of territorial integrity for both Armenia and Azerbaijan.
The cancellation of the summit came as a result of President Aliyev's request to include Turkey in the talks, a proposal that was rejected by Germany and France. The Azeri Press Agency (APA) reported on this development, stating that Aliyev's insistence on Turkish involvement ultimately led to his decision to withdraw from the summit.
The Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict, centered on the Nagorno-Karabakh region, has persisted for decades, resulting in numerous casualties and unresolved territorial disputes. The international community continues to seek a peaceful resolution to the conflict, with diplomatic efforts like the planned summit in Granada playing a crucial role in facilitating dialogue and finding a lasting solution.