Leaders of Armenia, Azerbaijan set for first assembly since October

The leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan are set to satisfy for the primary time since October at trilateral talks with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Munich on Saturday, the US State Division stated.

Tensions have escalated between the 2 South Caucasus nations over a two-month blockade of the Lachin hall, the one land route giving Armenia direct entry to the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh area.

The US State Division stated Blinken would meet Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev at 1235 GMT. The politicians are attending the three-day Munich Safety Convention.

Armenia has despatched Azerbaijan a draft proposal for a peace settlement, Pashinyan stated this week.

Nagorno-Karabakh is internationally recognised as a part of Azerbaijan, however its 120,000 inhabitants are predominantly ethnic Armenians and it broke away from Baku in a primary struggle within the early Nineteen Nineties.

Azeri civilians figuring out themselves as environmental activists have been going through off since Dec. 12 with Russian peacekeepers on the Lachin hall.

Yerevan says the protesters are government-backed agitators. Baku denies blockading the street, saying that some convoys and support are allowed by means of.

Saturday’s assembly can be the 2 leaders’ first face-to-face encounter since late October, when Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted talks within the Black Sea metropolis of Sochi. A Dec. 7 assembly in Brussels was scrapped.