Yerevan cannot be blamed for blocking regional transport links, Armenian PM says


Yerevan cannot be blamed for blocking regional transport links, Armenian PM says

There is no reason to blame Armenia for preventing the unblocking of logistic links in the region, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said on 17 October, in his speech at the European Parliament.


“However there are analyzes that official Baku is manipulating the narrative of corridor to provoke a new war in the region, to occupy new territories of Armenia, or to keep Armenia under blockade,” the prime minister said.

According to him, in the world, a corridor refers to any roads between states, while the tripartite statement of November 9 indicates the Lachin corridor, over which control was to be exercised not by Azerbaijan, but by peacekeepers. It is precisely this circumstance that Azerbaijan uses when it demands from Armenia a corridor to Nakhichevan.

“The Republic of Armenia has never, anywhere, agreed to any limitation of its sovereignty and jurisdiction over any of its territories, has not made such a promise.,” Pashinyan noted.

He emphasized that Armenia and Azerbaijan should open roads to each other without the above-mentioned corridor logic. Border and other control services must operate at the checkpoints of these roads, based on the jurisdiction, sovereignty and legislation of the countries. This should be done on the basis of the principle of reciprocity and equality.

“We are ready to restore the Meghri railway, which will connect not only Azerbaijan and Armenia, but also the southern regions of Armenia with the northwestern regions, the southwestern regions of Azerbaijan with the Autonomous Republic of Nakhichevan, with its further continuation it will link Armenia with Turkey, Azerbaijan with Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia with the Islamic Republic of Iran, East with the West, stretching from the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean, North with South, from the Gulf to the Black Sea. In Armenia, we call this project the Armenian Crossroads. But I think it's time to further regionalize this project, rebrand it, and call it Crossroads of Peace,” Nikol Pashinyan said.

He emphasized that Armenia is ready to ensure the safety of cargo, vehicles, people, pipelines, and power lines on its territory.

The Prime Minister noted that Armenia is ready to sign a peace treaty with Azerbaijan by the end of the year, and is also ready to release all captives, captives and detainees on the principle of “all for all” and to closely cooperate in clarifying the fate of the missing. According to the prime minister, 1,016 Armenian citizens are currently considered missing. He also expressed his readiness to cooperate in demining the territories.

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