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Azerbaijan, Armenia border commissions to meet soon: EU Council president

Azerbaijan, Armenia border commissions to meet soon: EU Council president

Charles Michel hosts Armenian, Azerbaijani leaders for 'frank and productive' discussions

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The first meeting of the joint border commissions of Azerbaijan and Armenia will take place soon, the president of the European Council said Monday.

"Today I hosted President (Ilham) Aliyev of Azerbaijan and Prime Minister (Nikol) Pashinyan of Armenia again. This was our third discussion in this format. We focused on the situation in the South Caucasus and the development of EU relations with both countries as well as the broader region," said Charles Michel in a statement issued after their meeting on Sunday.

Describing the discussions as "frank and productive," Michel said the officials addressed "humanitarian issues, including demining, and efforts to free detainees" as well as "the fate of missing persons" in detail.

According to the statement, a conclusion on border issues was reached as both sides agreed to hold the first meeting at "the inter-state border in the coming days."

"It will address all questions related to the delimitation of the border and how best to ensure a stable situation," he added.

Furthermore, Azerbaijan and Armenia also "agreed on the need to proceed with unblocking the transport links."

"They agreed on the principles governing transit between western Azerbaijan and Nakhichevan, and between different parts of Armenia via Azerbaijan, as well as international transport through communications infrastructure of both countries," he said.

Michel said the two countries also agreed on "principles of border administration, security, land fees but also customs in the context of international transport," and the deputy prime ministers of each country will work on the matter in the coming days.

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