Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesman, Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri, stated that Pakistan fully supports the peace treaty signed between Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia to put an end to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
“Pakistan has consistently supported the resolution of Nagorno-Karabagh dispute in accordance with international law and the relevant UN Security Council resolutions,” the Foreign Office’s statement said.
“We welcome the recent announcement of cessation of hostilities by the relevant parties,” it added.
The peace deal, which was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenia’s prime minister, took effect on Tuesday. It states that Azerbaijan will hold on to areas of Nagorno-Karabakh that it has taken during the conflict while Armenia has agreed to retreat from several other adjacent areas over the next few weeks.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan referred to the treaty as “unspeakably painful” as Armenian citizens took to the streets to protest. In contrast, Azeri President Ilham Aliyev celebrated, tweeting: “This is a historic day, An end is being put to the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.”
Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs also took to Twitter to welcome the Russian brokered agreement, stating that “the trilateral agreement facilitated by the Russian Federation offers a renewed opportunity for establishing peace in the South Caucasus region”.