ArmInfo.It is urgent to specify the details of the Russian peacekeeping operation in Nagorno-Karabakh. The November 9 2020 trilateral statement cemented important security institutes in Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia's Premier Nikol Pashinyan stated at a Cabinet meeting on Thursday.
"The latest as well as a number of previous developments are revealing a number of systemic issue. I have repeatedly stated that the Russian peacekeeping contingent's presence and activities in Nagorno-Karabakh is a key factor of ensuring the Artsakh Armenians' security, and we are highly appreciating Russia's efforts to ensure regional peace and stability," Mr Pashinyan said.
The developments in Nagorno-Karabakh since November 20, 2020, as well as the latest developments are giving rise to questions about the peacekeeping mission in Armenian society.
"On December 11, 2020, Azerbaijan captured the villages of Khtsaberd and Hin Tagher, capturing Armenian servicemen, in the Russian servicemen's presence and with their connivance. On March 24, 2022, Azerbaijan captured the village of Parukh - and again in the Russian peacekeepers' presence. And the ongoing and intensifying ceasefire violations, instances of physical and psychological intimidation of Artsakh Armenians in peacekeepers' presence are inadmissible," the premier said.
In this context, it is becoming extremely urgent to urgent to specify the details of the Russian peacekeeping operation in Nagorno-Karabakh.
"It should have been done long ago, simultaneously with the deployment of peacekeepers. But we must admit that Azerbaijan was hindering the process by refusing to sign a mandate for peacekeepers' actions in Nagorno-Karabakh, whereas Armenia did that in November 2020. We are expecting the bilaterally signed mandate to be in full force," Mr Pashinyan said.
Yerevan believes that the Armenian and Russian signatures are sufficient for a full-scale mission. Otherwise, the process of international recognition and extension of the mandate should be initiated.
Armenia has been concerned over all the issues since November 2020 and has been taking measures for specific decisions to bee made. "And now we have to redouble the efforts," Mr Pashinyan said.
Armenia's premier also pointed out a number of institutional issues. Specifically, according Point 3 of the November 9 agreement, the Russian peacekeepers are deployed along the Line of Contact in Nagorno- Karabakh.
"And this territory is defined as the zone of responsibility of the peacekeeping contingent. We are expecting the Russian peacekeeping contingent to prevent any attempted violation along the Contact Line and the Azerbaijani troops within the Line of Contact to be withdrawn," Armenia's premier said.
Despite any criticism, the November 9 2020 trilateral statement cements important security institutes for Nagorno-Karabakh.
"First, the entity designated 'Nagorno-Karabakh', which Azerbaijan is trying to reject, claiming that no Nagorno-Karabakh exists. And such statements by Azerbaijan are a gross violation of the trilateral statement. Secondly, it contained a point on a Line of Contact. Thirdly, a point on the Lachin corridor connecting Nagorno-Karabakh with Armenia. And Azerbaijan is now fighting against the three institutes, and, pursuant to the trilateral statement, we are expecting the peacekeeping forces of the Russian Federation to prevent Azerbaijan from undermining the institutes stipulated by the trilateral statement," Mr Pashinyan said.