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Blinken contacts Aliyev to address rising tensions at the border

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Apr 3, 2024

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. A statement released by the State Department emphasized that this peace process will bring economic benefits to the entire region. Blinken 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 Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan 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.

The Azerbaijani side reported that Blinken reassured Aliyev that the concerns expressed in the meeting with the Prime Minister of Armenia and other leaders in Brussels were not directed against Azerbaijan. However, Aliyev emphasized the need to avoid actions that could escalate tensions and create new challenges in the region.

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