Following the talks in Washington on the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict in the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia announced its readiness to bring peacekeepers into the region. Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan stated this at an Internet conference in the Atlantic Council in Washington, RBK reports.
"There were very productive meetings in the morning. We will continue to work together to find a way through which we can achieve very specific, very important goals," Mnatsakanyan said.
According to him, we are talking about a ceasefire in the region, a return to the peaceful resolution of conflicts, as well as the introduction of peacekeepers.
“Peacekeepers on the ground” is the way we need to consolidate the ceasefire, to address any risk of sustainability of the ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh. This has been part of the case for a very long time - in relation to the way we seek a peaceful settlement. And now this is also part of the case," TASS quotes Mnatsakanyan.
According to the news agency, he believes that the US efforts to resolve the conflict in Karabakh are largely consolidated with the joint efforts of the Minsk Group co-chairs, France and Russia.
Meanwhile, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in an interview published by the Le Figaro on Saturday, October 24, stated that his country is ready to immediately cease hostilities, provided that the Armenian side ceases fire.
"We are ready to stop actions even today. I have already stated this during the talks in Moscow on October 10. To achieve this, it will be enough for Armenia to cease fire. It is after this that the time will come for diplomats to act," the Azerbaijani leader said.
Earlier on October 23, US President Donald Trump said that he was participating in the negotiations that relate to the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh.
On October 10, the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan, at consultations in Moscow with the mediation of the Russian Foreign Ministry reached an agreement on an armistice between their countries in Nagorno-Karabakh. Nevertheless, hostilities are still ongoing here.
As you know, the escalation in the region began on September 27, when the Azerbaijani side fired at settlements, as well as military units in Karabakh. Then the motorized rifle and tank units of the Azerbaijani army launched an offensive in the northern, southern and southeastern directions. The Armenian government has declared martial law in the country.