Azerbaijan must immediately unblock the Lachin corridor, said German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock at a joint press conference with Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan.
The Minister noted that the 30-year conflict has caused numerous victims. The wounds are deep and steps have been taken recently, Baerbock observed.
At the same time, she recalled that since mid-December the only corridor linking Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia has been closed, Nagorno-Karabakh lacks medicine and food, families are separated, students cannot attend schools, and there is no energy supply. It is important to stop blocking the Lachin corridor immediately. Russia and Azerbaijan must fulfill their obligations, said Baerbock.
The minister recalled the EU's decision to send a second monitoring mission to the Armenian-Azerbaijani border. According to her, representatives of Germany will take an active part in the work of the mission. As an EU representative Germany is a neutral observer. Peace can be achieved only through negotiations. Peace can be achieved only through negotiations, Baerbock said. She welcomed the EU mediation efforts, noting that the parties are asking the question whether the peace agreement will be respected, whether the rights of minorities will be respected.
The German minister pointed out four important points on the road to peace. The first is the search for bodies and their return to their relatives, a process which is being carried out by the ICRC. The second is that the international border between Armenia and Azerbaijan is not delimited and this provokes shootings. Without a clear border, peace is far away. Germany is ready to assist in delimitation of the border. The third is demining, in which Germany is already helping. The fourth is how to help countries build peace. Germany's involvement in the South Caucasus stems from common European interests. A lasting peace will create economic benefits. Germany wants to connect South K with Europe and link the South Caucasus with Central Asia, the minister said.