EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus, Toivo Klaar, on Monday (19 February), met in Baku with the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev. Issues related to the Karabakh conflict, and its resolution, as well as aspects of EU-Azerbaijan relations, were expected to be on the agenda. Also present for the meeting were the Head of the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan, Kestutis Jankauskas, and members of the staff of EUSR Klaar.
Klaar is ona two-day visit to Baku during which he is expected to meet Government officials and representatives of civil society.
photo: EUSR for the South Caucasus Toivo Klaar, with President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan at their meeting in Baku on Monday, 19 February 2018 (picture courtesy of the press service of the president of Azerbaijan).
Ahead of the expected Armenia-Azerbaijan summit, Benyamin Poghosyan argues in this op-ed for commonspace.eu, that the negotiating paradigm based on the Madrid principles is doomed.
"In essence this is an olive branch to the government's critics", commonspace.eu political editor said in a comment. "Its significance should not be understated. President Aliyev has in the last weeks been preparing the country for major changes. This presidential pardon may well be the opening shot of more to come".