Toivo Klaar holds talks in Baku and Yerevan amidst flurry of diplomatic activity

EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus, Toivo Klaar has held talks with Armenian and Azerbaijani officials in Yerevan and Baku, amidst continued diplomatic activity in an effort to diffuse tensions between the two countries, and continued concern about the humanitarian situation of the Armenian population of Nagorno-Karabakh. On Wednesday (16 August), the UN Security Council discussed the situation in open session, but did not adopt any statements or resolutions.

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On the same day Klaar met in Baku with Azerbaijani foreign minister Jeyhun Bayramov. A statement posted on the website of the Azerbaijani foreign ministry said that "during the meeting, the parties exchanged views on the process of normalization of Azerbaijan-Armenia relations, negotiations carried out through the mediation of international partners, including the European Union, as well as the current regional situation."

On Thursday, Klaar travelled to Yerevan where he met Deputy Prime Minister, Mher Grigorian.

The EU office in Yerevan published a picture on its twitter page showing Klaar meeting with the Head of the EU monitoring Mission in Armenia, Ambassador Marcus Ritter, and the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Andrea Vittorin. The meeting appeared to be taking place at the open-air coffee shop of The Marriott Hotel on Yerevan's iconic Republic Square.

The EU is trying to find a solution around the impasse surrounding the situation on the Lachin corridor, and pave the way for a next meeting between president Aliyev and prime minister Pashinyan which is due to take place in Brussels "after the summer".

photo: EUSR Toivo Klaar, with Ambassadors Ritter and Wittorin in Yerevan on 17 August 2023 (picture courtesy of the press office of the EU Delegation to Armenia)