By Aisha Jabbarova
President Ilham Aliyev and National Security Adviser to the President of the United States Jake Sullivan have discussed the situation around the Azerbaijani-Armenian border during the phone call initiated by Sullivan on May 17, Azertag reported today.
Jake Sullivan expressed his concerns over the recent tension on the Azerbaijani-Armenian border and stressed the importance of peaceful resolution of such disagreements, Azertag said.
He also underscored the need for constructive discussions between the sides for the demarcation of the international border. Jake Sullivan conveyed the United States' commitment to achieving reconciliation in the region.
President Aliyev reiterated Azerbaijan’s commitment to ensuring peace and stability in the region and positively evaluated the post-conflict situation in the region. He noted that the situation in the region, including the Azerbaijani-Armenian border, has been stable for six months since the end of the conflict.
Aliyev agreed with the US President's National Security Adviser on the need for commencing talks on the delimitation of the international border between Azerbaijan and Armenia, and emphasized the importance of this process to be conducted in accordance with the trilateral statement dated November 10, 2020.
President Ilham Aliyev noted that Armenia's inadequate response to border tensions and attempts to internationalize the issue could lead to increased tensions in the region, and stressed the importance of peacefully resolving all disputes within the negotiation process.
During the telephone conversation, the parties also expressed satisfaction with bilateral relations. They noted the importance of these relations for both countries, as well as for ensuring peace and security in the region.
Since the end of the war last year, Azerbaijan and Armenia have been delineating the non-demarcated portion of their common border. Armenia, however, has tried to portray the border clarification process as a violation of its border and has sought CSTO’s interference into the issue.
Earlier, Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Leyla Abdullayeva said that this technical issue has been exaggerated by provocative statements and a smear campaign against Azerbaijan. Noting that this destructive approach only serves to increase tensions, Abdullayeva said that Azerbaijan is fully committed to peace, security, and regional cooperation based on respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity, and inviolability of internationally recognized borders.
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