November 28, 2022 - 17:08 AMT
EU envoy: Restraint needed by Azerbaijan, Armenia to reduce tensions

Toivo Klaar, the EU’s special representative in the South Caucasus, has urged Armenia and Azerbaijan to show “strong political will” to end the conflict between the two countries

Klaar’s remarks came after the effective cancellation of an Armenian-Azerbaijani summit planned in Brussels on December 7.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said on Friday, November 25 that the summit slated for December 7 will not take place because Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian wants French President Emmanuel Macron to also take part in it. He said that France can no longer mediate Armenian-Azerbaijani negotiations because of Macron’s recent pro-Armenian comments and “anti-Azerbaijani” resolutions adopted by French lawmakers.

Klaar met with Aliyev in Baku late last week. He said in a tweet on Monday that the Azerbaijani leader remains committed to the “EU-facilitated format” of peace talks.

“Many challenges remain; restraint and strong political will be needed by Azerbaijan and Armenia to reduce tensions to achieve a comprehensive settlement,” the EU diplomat added.