The European Union (EU) will send a “civilian mission” to help delineate the borders between Armenia and Azerbaijan and to “establish trust” between the two countries, it was announced on Friday.
The decision was announced after a meeting between the two countries, the EU and France, in Prague.
“The mission will start in October, for a maximum period of two months. The objective of the mission is to build trust and, through its reports, contribute to the border demarcation commissions,” read a joint statement issued after the talks between the Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian, the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, the French Head of State, Emmanuel Macron, and the President of the European Council, Charles Michel.
On Tuesday, the Armenian Defense Ministry had already reported that Azerbaijan had released 17 prisoners of war after mediation by the European Union.
The most recent escalation on the border between the two countries took place in September, after clashes that resulted in the death of more than 150 soldiers from the two Caucasus countries.
In the middle of the same month, the governments of Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to respect a ceasefire after the latest clashes on the border.
The clashes were the most serious since 2020, when both countries clashed for control of the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave, a territory with an Armenian majority that has been the focus of conflicts since, in 1988, it decided to separate from the Azerbaijan region integrated into then Soviet Union.