French President Macron calls for dialogue between Armenia and Azerbaijan
French President Emmanuel Macron has called for the resumption of dialogues between Armenia and Azerbaijan to resolve their ongoing border dispute.
Speaking at a press conference with visiting Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Monday, Macron urged the two countries to resume talks “immediately” in order to achieve “lasting peace”.
“The use of force cannot be the solution for Armenia, nor for Azerbaijan, and dialogue must be restored immediately,” he said, adding that all issues must be addressed “exclusively “through talks.
Armenia and Azerbaijan have been at odds over the mountainous region of Nagorno-Karabakh since 1988. Peace talks have been held since 1994 when a ceasefire was agreed, but there have been clashes sporadic miners since then, Xinhua news agency reported.
A new round of armed conflict erupted along the line of contact on September 27, 2020, before Russia brokered a ceasefire on November 9, 2020.
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