YEREVAN (Azatutyun) — Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan says Yerevan and Baku are working on a peace deal that could be signed “in the coming months.”
Speaking on October 26 at a forum in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, with the prime ministers of Azerbaijan and Georgia in attendance, Pashinyan said the agreement would include the mutual recognition of each other’s territorial integrity and border delimitation talks on the basis of the 1991 Alma-Ata Declaration.
“We are currently working on a draft peace and relations settlement agreement with Azerbaijan, and I hope this process will be successfully completed in the coming months,” Pashinyan said.
“We hope to sign a peace and relations agreement with Azerbaijan in the coming months based on these principles,” he added.
Baku and Yerevan were locked in a conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh for decades. Armenian-backed separatists seized the mainly ethnic Armenian-populated region from Azerbaijan during a war in the early 1990s that killed some 30,000 people.
Diplomatic efforts to settle the conflict brought little progress and the two sides fought another war in 2020 that lasted six weeks and left more than 2,000 soldiers dead on each side before a Russian-brokered cease-fire, resulting in Armenia losing control over parts of the region and seven adjacent districts.