Nikol Pashinian and Ilham Aliyev Photo: Alexei Druzhinin / RIA Novosti
President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan participated in open panel discussions on the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. The parties discussed the situation in the region at the Munich security conference, according to Turkish news Agency “Anadolu”.
Aliyev called for a phased solution, while stressing that Baku will make concessions if Yerevan will cease to Finance Nagorno-Karabakh and withdraw its troops from there. Pashinyan said that in the region there are no Armenian troops, but only local self-defense forces and volunteers from Armenia.
In 1991, Nagorno-Karabakh, populated mostly by ethnic Armenians, declared independence from Azerbaijan. Baku tried to bring the region under their control by force. In 1994, Azerbaijan, Armenia and the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic with the mediation of Russia signed a Protocol on ceasefire, but the hostilities are periodically renewed. The most serious deterioration has become a four-day war in 2016, which killed hundreds of soldiers on both sides.
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