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Armenia Ready for Unblocking Regional Connections Under Sovereignty and Jurisdiction of Countries

PM Nikol Pashinyan

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan of Armenia reiterated the country's stance on the unblocking of regional connections, emphasizing that any actions must be carried out under the sovereignty and jurisdiction of the respective countries involved. Pashinyan made these remarks during a Cabinet meeting on July 6, addressing ongoing discussions with Azerbaijan and clarifying Armenia's position on the matter.

Pashinyan adamantly stated that Armenia has never assumed the obligation to provide an extraterritorial corridor and firmly rejects any interpretation that suggests otherwise. He highlighted that this stance is evident in the November 9, 2020 agreement, and Armenia remains steadfast in upholding this understanding.

The Prime Minister also emphasized Armenia's willingness to facilitate the unblocking of regional connections, provided that such actions respect the sovereignty and jurisdiction of all involved nations. He shared that Armenia had proposed a draft decision to open three border checkpoints on its side of the Armenia-Azerbaijan border. However, Pashinyan lamented that Azerbaijan's uncooperative approach has hindered progress.

Pashinyan attributed the lack of progress to Azerbaijan's reluctance to initiate similar decisions on its side of the border. He expressed that the establishment of corresponding checkpoints on both sides is crucial for unlocking regional and transport infrastructures. The Prime Minister suggested that Azerbaijan's stance is a continuation of its longstanding policy of blockading the Republic of Armenia.

The ongoing discussions regarding regional connections underscore the complex nature of diplomatic negotiations between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Pashinyan's remarks provide insight into Armenia's position on the matter, emphasizing its commitment to regional development while upholding its sovereignty and territorial integrity. The comments shed light on the challenges faced in achieving mutual agreements in the region.


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