More than 200 people died in clashes between ex-Soviet rebels Armenia and Azerbaijan in September. The two sides accuse each other of attacks and attempted sabotage in the border area. Now the EU wants to send a “civilian mission” to help define the borders between the two warring states.
This was apparently agreed during a meeting between Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, French President Emmanuel Macron and EU Council President Charles Michel. The aim of the mission is to build trust between the two countries. It should start in October and last up to two months.
The protective powers of the two states
The two Caucasus Republics are enemies. After a first war in the 1990s, Armenia and Azerbaijan fought another war over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region in the autumn of 2020. The six-week fighting that left more than 6,500 dead ended with a Russian-brokered ceasefire. Armenia had to give up large areas.
Armenia is militarily linked to Russia, which is also trying to maintain friendly ties with Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan is supported militarily and financially by Turkey.
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