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Three fundamental principles agreed on during work at peace agreement  between Armenia and Azerbaijan - Nikol Pashinyan

Three fundamental principles agreed on during work at peace agreement  between Armenia and Azerbaijan - Nikol Pashinyan

ArmInfo.Three fundamental principles have been agreed on during the work at a peace agreement  between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Armenia's Premier Nikol Pashinyan stated at the hearing of the 2024 state budget on October 30. 

According to him, if the parties remain committed to these three  principles, a peace treaty with Azerbaijan will soon be signed. In  particular, as the head of the Armenian Cabinet emphasized, the first  principle concerns the mutual recognition of the territorial  integrity of the two states. Azerbaijan recognizes the territory of  Armenia with an area of 29.8 thousand square meters. km, and Armenia  - the territory of Azerbaijan with an area of 86.6 thousand sq. km.  Pashinyan emphasized that the accuracy of these figures often becomes  a topic for criticism. The traditional distrust of them works here  too. But, as the Prime Minister noted, the agreement on mutual  recognition of the integrity of states was reached at the political  level, the main idea of which should be a source that is not under  the influence of the parties. This source is the Soviet encyclopedia  of 1977, based on the data of which it is planned to carry out  delimitation and demarcation of borders.

The second principle, according to the head of the Cabinet, concerns  the delimitation of the border on the basis of the Almaty  Declaration. "That is, the parties proceed from the fact that the  administrative borders of the Soviet republics are already the state  borders of countries, therefore, it is necessary to recognize their  inviolability," the Prime Minister said, adding that in this matter  it is important to have maps that reflect the reality of that time ,  and such maps exist.

The third principle, as Pashinyan noted, is the opening, on the basis  of equality and reciprocity, of regional communications, which should  operate under the jurisdiction of the countries through which they  pass.

The prime minister also touched upon the possibility of normalizing  Armenian-Turkish relations. He expressed hope that the agreements  reached between the special representatives of the two countries will  be implemented. In accordance with these agreements, it is envisaged  to open borders to citizens of third countries and holders of  diplomatic passports. "Significant work has been done in terms of  border infrastructure. We have re-equipped the Margara checkpoint,  and are already ready for the processes. Let's hope that these  agreements will be implemented," added the RA Prime Minister.   

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