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Armenia says Azerbaijan responds to peace proposals, massive gaps stay – The Occasions Of Earth

Azerbaijan has despatched new proposals to Armenia of their longstanding makes an attempt to succeed in a peace deal, however massive gaps stay between the 2 sides, Armenia’s state information company quoted the nation’s overseas minister as saying on Wednesday.

Armenia additionally submitted a proposal of its personal for a withdrawal from border areas of troops from each side.

Armenpress cited International Minister Ararat Mirzoyan as saying the brand new Azerbaijani proposals have been obtained on Tuesday, in response to a draft peace define that Armenia had beforehand submitted.

“There’s a course of, there’s a dialogue… Sadly I’m obliged to state that there are essential questions on which the 2 sides’ positions are nonetheless fairly removed from one another,” Mirzoyan stated.

Armenia’s International Ministry, in an announcement reported by native media, later issued the proposal for a “reciprocal withdrawal of troops on the state border between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

The assertion stated any such motion could be based mostly on maps drawn up in 1975, when each international locations have been Soviet republics.

There seemed to be no rapid response to the provide from Azerbaijan.

The 2 international locations, because the Soviet collapse, have fought two wars up to now 30 years over Nagorno-Karabakh, a area internationally recognised as a part of Azerbaijan however run by ethnic Armenian authorities.

Tensions have risen once more this month, with either side accusing the opposite of build up troops.

Russia’s TASS information company reported Mirzoyan as saying that the leaders of the 2 international locations deliberate to fulfill in Spain in October, although he seemed to be referring to an concept for such a gathering that was floated by European Council President Charles Michel when he hosted them in July.

No remark was instantly obtainable from Azerbaijan about its newest proposals or the attainable assembly.

Regardless of the tensions, the 2 sides look like making some progress on releasing up roads into Karabakh and getting extra provides to its residents, hit by meals shortages after Azerbaijan restricted entry for the previous 9 months to thwart what it stated was arms smuggling.

Azerbaijan’s overseas minister stated earlier on Wednesday that two humanitarian assist convoys for Karabakh might set off “inside hours” – one from Armenia, and one from its personal territory – if a street from the Azerbaijani facet was unblocked.