ArmInfo.Armenia and Azerbaijan are conducting difficult negotiations for a peace agreement, Artur Hovhannisyan, Secretary of the dominant parliamentary faction Civil Contract, told a briefing on September 14 as he commented on Armenian FM Ararat Mirzoyan's statement that the parties are still far from each other on the most important issues.
Hovhannisyan emphasized that the negotiation process takes time to agree on all controversial issues. The deputy recalled that in response to the fifth package of proposals from the Armenian side, a response was received from Azerbaijan the day before. The process, as the parliamentarian noted, is not at a dead end; it continues, despite the complexity of the situation and the accumulation of units of the Azerbaijani armed forces on the borders of Armenia and around Artsakh. The faction secretary noted that the peace treaty should present clear mechanisms, the use of which will ensure the territorial integrity of Armenia.
In turn, NA deputy from the ruling faction Arusyak Julakyan noted that the faction is not yet familiar with the details of the new initiatives of the Azerbaijani side. But one fact, as the parliamentarian noted, cannot be ignored: the reformatted nature of Baku's previous proposals is obvious. "There is no agreement on all issues, but negotiations continue. Ultimately, one of our ultimate goals is to achieve peace and harmony in the region, even bearing in mind the often unconstructive position taken by Azerbaijan," Julakyan said, adding in this regard that this fact should not stop the country's authorities.
Julakyan pointed out the need to unblock the Lachin corridor connecting Nagorno-Karabakh with Armenia. Yerevan, the parliamentarian continued, being one of the parties to the Tripartite Statement of the leaders of Armenia, Russia and Azerbaijan dated November 9, 2020, has always adhered to the provisions of this document, one of which concerns the unimpeded passage of citizens in both directions, the transportation of goods and vehicles. Work on this issue is being carried out with all international partners. Both the United States and the European Union are sending clear signals to Azerbaijan that other routes for delivering goods and people to Nagorno-Karabakh cannot be an alternative to the Lachin corridor.
Both speakers refrained from commenting on pro-government media reports about the presence of a 3,000- strong Wagner group in Armenia. "The National Security Service is looking into this issue, as the Prime Minister announced yesterday. Any such information must be verified," Hovhannisyan said.