Change of plan at the MSC: Pashinyan to join Aliyev and Garibashvili for South Caucasus security discussion

The Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan will join the Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and the Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev for a discussion on security in the South Caucasus at the Munich Security Conference.

The discussion is called "Moving Mountains? Building Security in the South Caucasus", and will take place on Saturday (18 February) from 16.30 to 17.15 CET.

Nikol Pashinyan was originally not in the programme for the event, but it emerged late on Friday (17 February) that Pashinyan had in fact been added to the programme.

Other meetings at the Munich Security Conference

During the Munich Security Conference, the leaders of both Armenia and Azerbaijan have met with high-level officials from across the world. Both Nikol Pashinyan and Ilham Aliyev have met with the European Council President Charles Michel.

Meanwhile Pashinyan has also met with the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, and Aliyev has met with the Israeli Defence Minister.

Memories of 2020

Ilham Aliyev and Nikol Pashinyan last met at the Munich Security Conference in 2020, where they famously had a face-to-face debate moderated by the then-President and CEO of the U.S. Russia Foundation, Celeste Wallander.

It was a tense debate where both Aliyev and Pashinyan often reverted to competing historical narratives, arguing over place names, historical demographics, and accused each other of ethnic cleansing.

source: with agencies
photo: Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev debate at the Munich Security Conference on 15 February, 2020, eurasianet