“It is very important for the three countries of the South Caucasus to work together and contribute to peace”
“The European Union supports the desire of Tbilisi to assume the role of a bridge in the negotiations between Baku and Yerevan.”
This statement was made on February 8 by Toivo Klaar, the special representative of the European Union for the South Caucasus, in an interview with the First Channel of Georgia.
“It is very important for the three countries of the South Caucasus to work together and contribute to peace. Georgia’s role as a bridge between Armenia and Azerbaijan is very important,” said Klaar.
According to him, the steps already taken in this regard have been discussed with the Prime Minister of Georgia.
The diplomat said that Georgia is geographically very convenient, because of the proximity with neighboring countries: “Finally, it is logical that three countries located in the same place, in the South Caucasus, should try to find areas of cooperation.”
On July 16, 2022, the first unmediated meeting of the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia was held in Georgia.
At that time, Georgian Foreign Minister Ilya Darchiashvili said on his “Twitter” page that Tbilisi became a meeting place between Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov and Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan.
He believed that this meeting, initiated by Tbilisi, would lead to the creation of peace and stability in the region.
In the statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan after the meeting, it was emphasized that both sides discussed the implementation of the commitments they took.
“Minister Jeyhun Bayramov noted that all efforts should be directed to achieving progress in the regulation of interstate relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia based on the post-conflict realities that arose after the resolution of the armed conflict between the two states. In this context, the need to implement all the provisions of the Tripartite Statements signed by the leaders of Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Russia, especially the withdrawal of the Armenian armed forces from the territory of Azerbaijan, was emphasized. Touching on humanitarian issues, Minister Jeyhun Bayramov drew attention to the importance of clarifying the fate of nearly 4,000 missing Azerbaijanis,” the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan said in a statement.
The Armenian MFA reported that during the meeting, Ararat Mirzoyan and Jeyhun Bayramov touched on a wide range of issues related to the regulation of relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
“Mirzoyan once again voiced the position of the Armenian side that the political settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is of great importance in achieving stable and lasting peace in the region. It is noted that Mirzoyan stated the importance of using the experience of the co-chairmanship of the OSCE Minsk Group in this context.