The European Union Special Representative (EUSR) for the South Caucasus, Toivo Klaar, on Wednesday (7 November) met in Baku with the president of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev to discuss issues related to the Karabakh conflict, regional matters and EU-Azerbaijan relations.
Also attending the meeting were the EU head of Delegation in Baku, Kestutis Jankauskas, and the Acting Head of the Foreign Relations Department in the Azerbaijani Presidential Administration, Hikmet Haciev.
photo: EUSR Toivo Klaar met Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev in Baku on 7 November 2018 (picture courtesy of the press service of the presidential administration 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".