Original title: Under EU mediation, leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan will meet in Brussels
The European Union said on November 19 that the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan will meet in Brussels, the capital of Belgium, in December to discuss the tension between the two countries.
The European Council issued a statement on its official website on November 19, stating that the President of the European Council Michele had a phone conversation with Azerbaijani President Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Pashinyan on the same day. Michel proposed that during the “Oriental Partners Summit” held in Brussels on December 15th, the EU could hold a meeting between the leaders of the two countries. Aliyev and Pashinyan agreed to Michel’s proposal, and they will discuss the regional situation and ways to overcome tensions.
The statement also stated that during the call, the leaders of the two countries agreed to set up a direct line of contact at the defense minister level to prevent conflicts.
On the 16th of this month, conflict broke out again on the border between Asia and Afghanistan. According to the Russian Satellite News Agency, Armenia said on the 16th that the Afghan armed forces launched an attack on the eastern border of Asia and invaded the country in the Kirisari mountain area. According to the Armenian Ministry of Defense, one Asian soldier died, 13 were captured, and 24 soldiers lost contact. The Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan stated that 7 soldiers in Azerbaijan were killed and 10 injured in the battle at the Azerbaijani border.
After the disintegration of the Soviet Union, a war broke out between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the ownership of the Nagorno-Karabakh (Naka) region. In 1994, the two sides reached an agreement on a comprehensive ceasefire, but the two countries have been in a state of hostility over the Naqqa issue, and armed conflicts have occurred from time to time. On September 27, 2020, a new round of conflict broke out in Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Naka issue. On November 9th of the same year, the leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a declaration announcing a ceasefire, but there have been conflicts since then.