: Steinmeier wants peace between Armenia and Turkey, Azerbaijan

10:19 Jun. 30, 2016

Steinmeier wants peace between Armenia and Turkey, Azerbaijan

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (L) gets together with Serzh Sargsyan (R), President of Armenia, on June 29, 2016 in Yerevan, Armenia. (GettyImages Photo)

German Minister says the countries should have peace talks to end confrontation

Yerevan and Ankara should look for a peaceful way to end their confrontation. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who is paying a visit to Armenia, says both countries should perceive the historic events, when around 1,5 mln Armenians were slaughtered by the Ottoman Empire in 1915-1916. This is according to Deutsche Welle.

Read also: Armenia annuls ratification of peace accords with Turkey

Steinmeier himself referred to these events a "genocide," in accordance with the resolution, adopted by the German Parliament in early June, 2016. However, the Minister said, conflicts shouldn't be explained by using just one word. He called for Armenia and Turkey to hold "broad negotiations" to improve the relations between the two countries.

After Armenia Steinmeier is going to visit Azerbaijan. Yerevan and Baku have had bad blood since the fall of the Soviet Union, when a bloody separatist war broke out in Nagorno-Karabakh, a region within Azerbaijan.

Read also: 20 years of war in Nagorno-Karabakh

The German Minister stated, his goal was to find a way for the two countries to hold peace talks till the end of 2016.

Steinmeier's visit to the Caucasus is a part of Germany's OSCE Chairmanship.

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