Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan met in Geneva to launch discussions on a peace treaty

The foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan met in Geneva on Sunday (2 October) to launch discussions on a peace treaty between their two countries. The meeting was agreed by the leaders of the two countries, Nikol Pashinyan of Armenia and Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan, when they met in Brussels on 31 August at the invitation of European Council president Charles Michel.

The meeting between Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan of Armenia and Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov of Azerbaijan took place amid exchange of recriminations between the two ministries following the release of a video that appeared to show Armenian soldiers being executed whilst in captivity during the recent upsurge in hostilities in September.

Armenia has called for strong international condemnation of the executions. Azerbaijan in response said that it had in the past suffered numerous atrocities at the hand of Armenian soldiers, and insisted the current claims were being fully investigated and that Azerbaijan will take action as provided by law. 

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In the meantime, EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus Toivo Klaar, who had earlier expressed concern about the content of the video of Armenian soldiers allegedly being executed, later tweeted that he had received several videos of atrocities being committed against Azerbaijani soldiers:

Today I have been sent several videos apparently showing war crimes committed against Azerbaijanis. Also these need to be investigated and if authentic perpetrators need to be held responsible. The conflict has left deep wounds on both sides and to heal accountability is needed.

— Toivo Klaar (@ToivoKlaar) October 2, 2022