In a significant move towards regional stability, the President of the Armenian Parliament, Alen Simonyan, has indicated that a peace treaty between Armenia and Azerbaijan is on the horizon. The treaty, which could potentially put an end to decades-long conflict between the two nations, could be finalized within the next fortnight, provided Azerbaijan exhibits genuine political intent.
Substantial Progress on Fundamental Issues
Simonyan revealed that the parties have made substantial progress on nearly all fundamental issues concerning the peace treaty. However, he chose not to disclose any specifics to prevent any potential impediments to the ongoing negotiations. This development was broadcast by CBC TV and distributed via the @ColumbusInformazione Telegram channel, marking a critical step towards resolving the longstanding territorial dispute.
US Support for the Peace Agreement
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has held discussions with both Armenian Prime Minister, Nikol Pashinyan, and Azerbaijani President, Ilham Aliyev, regarding the possibility of the peace treaty. Blinken reiterated the United States’ continued support for Armenia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, emphasizing enhanced bilateral cooperation with Armenia to achieve its vision of a prosperous and democratic future.
The Delicate Balance of Bilateral Negotiations
Despite the promising development, Serzh Sargsyan, the third President of Armenia, voiced skepticism about bilateral negotiations with Azerbaijan. Sargsyan expressed concern that such talks may either lead to a deadlock or involve substantial concessions that may not guarantee a promising future for Armenia. Nevertheless, the possibility of a peace treaty, after a 70-day delay in response to Azerbaijan’s proposals, highlights the delicate balance required in these negotiations.