Foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan meet to ease tension

The ongoing meeting between the Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Natsakanayan and the Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jehun Byramov in the Swiss city of Geneva has ended.

Armenian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Anna Nghadalayan announced the information on Saturday. No detailed information about the meeting has yet been given. This meeting of foreign ministers is seen as very important in easing tensions between the two countries. Both ministers had previously held a meeting with the leaders of the Minsk group.

Indeed, since September 27, the Armenian and Azerbaijani armed forces have been fighting hard to occupy an area in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. So far, many people from both sides have died in this fight. The two countries have also agreed to introduce a ceasefire several times, but the conflict is starting again.

Azerbaijan has partially implemented martial law in the country. Azerbaijan has closed its airports to all international flights. The only exception is Turkey. Turkey has openly announced its support to Azerbaijan.

Significantly, both Armenia and Azerbaijan were part of the former Soviet Union. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, both countries became independent. After the split, there was a dispute between the two countries over the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Both countries assert their authority over it. This 4400 square kilometer area has been declared Azerbaijan under international law, but the population of people of Armenian origin is more here.

For this reason, there has been a conflict between the two countries since 1991. Due to Russia’s mediation in 1994, there was a ceasefire between the two countries, but since then there has been sporadic fighting between the two countries. Since then there has been a “line of contact” between the two countries. But the situation has worsened since July of this year. This area is also known as Artasakh.