ArmInfo. By and large, Armenia welcomes the EU-brokered Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders' meeting in Chisinau, Moldova, June 1, as an opportunity for pushing ahead with the peace agenda, Armen Grigoryan. Secretary of Armenia's Security Council, said in an interview with Armenia's Public TV.
He highlighted the importance of the international community's assistance to the Yerevan-Baku peace agenda.
The meeting discussed all the issues on the agenda - from unblocking and border delimitation and demarcation to the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and humanitarian issues. In this context, Mr Grigoryan stressed that Armenia focuses its attention on a need for international mechanisms and discussion of security and human rights issues between Baku and Stepanakert.
Mr Grigoryan believes some progress was made at the negotiations - discussions clarified some points.
"However, until all issues are resolved, we cannot say that these discussions were productive. These were very important discussions aimed at resolving the issues I have outlined above," Mr Grigoryan said.
Some progress was made on the basis of the maps of 1975. "We cannot say the issue has been resolved, but some progress has been made," he said.
"I am sure that if we make progress in humanitarian issues, that is, if all the prisoners are released, we will get the information on the missing people and discover their fate, as well as in the issues related to the removal of the blockade, Nagorno-Karabakh, that is the Stepanakert-Baku dialogue, and discussions, that is, security and rights must be discussed in this format. I think we are moving forward, Mr Grigoryan said.
As to whether the parties are drawing closer to a peace agreement, he said that a similar meeting is to take place in Granada this October. Moreover, the foreign ministers are to hold a meeting on June 12. Intense negotiations are in progress, and a peace agreement could be signed by the end of this year provided the international community strongly supports the process.
"We are inclined to doing it as soon as possible. We are looking forward to a solution and pushing ahead with the peace agenda in the context of these decisions and signing a peace agreement," Mr Grigoryan said.
Armenia is consistently implementing all the reached agreements in different negotiation formats, including the agreements on release of prisoners.
As to Armenia's position on unblocking, Mr Grogiryan said that Yerevan has not changed its position since 2020.
"We are following three fundamental principles of unblocking: sovereignty, jurisdiction and reciprocity. Unblocking could follow this logic because, as you know, Armenia has for a long period been pressed in various ways into finding a solution going beyond the principles in question," Mr Grigoryan said. The reason for Azerbaijan's aggression last September was, among other things, to push the issue through. Railway communication will be unblocked following this logic as well, which, first of all, requires political will.
"A most important agreement has been reached on unblocking as well. Only Armenian frontier guards will serve," Mr Grigoryan said.
As to whether the parties have reached compromise on the issue, Mr Grigoryan said Armenia's position is very clear and the parties have taken it into account and are hopeful the other partners will follow this principle as well.
As to whether Mr Grigoryan remains committed to his stance he stated a month and a half ago, namely, that it is up to Russia to decide on its presence and level of its presence in the region, he gave a vague answer, saying it is primarily Russia that should elucidate the issue.
However, the Armenian side is very concerned over the crisis over Nagorno-Karabakh, that is, the blockader of the Lachin corridor.
"We see the statements on the Lachin corridor of November 9, 2020, are not being implemented in any way, which is a reason for our wish to invite international observers to the Lachin corridor and Nagorno- Karabak to neutralize the threat of ethnic cleansing," Mr Grigoryan said.
As to how much a Baku-Stepanakert dialogue is realistic amid the Azerbaijani leadership's threats and blockade of Artsakh, Mr Grigoryan gave assurances it is possible, as no alternative is available. he hopes for more effective international support.