YEREVAN, MAY 25, ARTSAKHPRESS. The trilateral declaration of November 9 mentions only one corridor, and that is the Lachin corridor, ARTSAKHPRESS.reports, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said during the extended-format session of the EAEU Supreme Council, referring to the so-called “Zangezur Corridor” expression of the President of Azerbaijan.
“In his speech, the president of Azerbaijan used an expression that in recent years serves as a title for presenting a territorial claim against Armenia. It is used within the framework of the implementation of point 9 of the trilateral declaration of November 9. I want to emphasize that the statement mentions only one corridor, and it is the Lachin corridor, which was supposed to be under the control of Russian peacekeepers, but, unfortunately, is illegally blocked by Azerbaijan,” said Pashinyan.
The Prime Minister of Armenia assured that the Armenian side is ready to unblock all economic and transport links in the region. He noted that Armenia is ready for the opening of regional communication within the framework of the sovereignty and jurisdiction of the countries through the territory of which they pass.
The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin also noted that conditions are being created for the recognition of the borders according to the agreements reached back in 1991, these conditions give hope to believe that it will be possible to reach an appropriate agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan, including regarding transport communications.
“I think we can discuss all that at the tripartite meeting today,” said Putin.
The Russian President expressed hope that it will be possible to agree on what is clearly in the interests of both Armenia and Azerbaijan and the economic development of the entire region. He expressed hope that it will be discussed in detail at the tripartite meeting.
The president of Azerbaijan, in his turn, assured that they have no territorial claims against Armenia. Referring to the term “corridor” used by him, Aliyev said: “The name corridor does not in any way mean encroachment on anyone’s territory. It’s an international term.”
Aliyev added that “people who are familiar with international terminology would not give it such importance as the Prime Minister of Armenia does.”
Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan also responded. “All those who are familiar with the trilateral declaration of November 9, know that there is only one instance of the use of the word corridor in that statement. In that context, the word has a special meaning, and it is about the Lachin Corridor, which I repeat, according to the trilateral declaration, should be under the control of the Russian Federation and ensure the connection between Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia”.