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Armenia, Azerbaijan to make new push for peace in Germany

Armenia and Azerbaijan’s foreign ministers are due to hold peace talks in Berlin on Wednesday, in a new push to resolve a decadeslong conflict between the neighboring Caucasus countries. The dialogue involving Armenia’s Ararat Mirzoyan and Azerbaijan’s Jeyhun Bayramov builds on a surprise direct meeting between the two nations’ leaders on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference earlier this month. Under German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s mediation, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev had agreed then to push on with peace negotiations. The leaders also pledged to resolve differences “exclusively through peaceful means and without the use of force,” Scholz’s spokesman had said. The Munich meeting had marked a sharp easing of tensions after a new spate of volatility on the border region, when both sides accused each other of opening fire. Armenia had said the skirmish left four of its soldiers dead. Armenia and Azerbaijan fought two wars, in the 1990s and in 2020, before Azerbaijani forces last September retook control of the breakaway region of NagornoKarabakh in a lightning offensive that ended three decades of Armenian separatist rule over the enclave. Tensions between the two countries have remained high since Baku re-captured the region of Nagorno-Karabakh in an operation that triggered the exodus of most of the enclave’s entire ethnic-Armenian population — more than 100,000 people — to Armenia. ‘Full-scale war?’ Yerevan is concerned that Azerbaijan, emboldened by its success in Karabakh, could invade Armenian territory in order to create a land bridge to its Nakhchivan enclave. Aljazeera

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.