The European Union Special Representative (EUSR) for the South Caucasus, Herbert Salber, who is currently on a visit to the region, on Thursday visited the town of Barda to meet Azerbaijanis displaced by the Karabakh conflict and to familiarise himself with the situation among communities most directly affected by the conflict.
Speaking to journalists, Salber said that "the nature of this conflict should be carefully considered. The main issue for us is that concerns of the people affected by the conflict should be heard."
photo: EUSR Salber with Azerbaijani internally displaced persons in barda on 27 October 2016. (picture courtesy of Azertag.az, Baku).
Baku softened its rhetoric on Karabakh following the velvet revolution in Armenia. Nikol Pashinyan's statements however have disappointed Baku at a time when its room for manoeuvre is limited.
In the address on the occasion of the Novruz holiday the president of Azerbaijan said his country has entered a new period of reforms. "Reforms will be further deepened. There is no alternative to that. Political reforms, economic reforms, reforms in the social sphere, reforms in the judicial system"