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Armenia`s premier explains delay in signing Armenia-Azerbaijan peace  treaty 

Armenia`s premier explains delay in signing Armenia-Azerbaijan peace  treaty 

ArmInfo. The political will of the Armenian authorities to sign a peace treaty with Azerbaijan  within the next few months is unshakable, Armenia's Premier Nikol Pashinyan stated in his final speech at the discussions of the 2024 draft budget. 

At the same time, the prime minister states, Armenia cannot sign this  agreement alone and for this the signature of Azerbaijan is also  necessary.

At present, Pashinyan recalled, three key principles for achieving  peace between the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan  have already been agreed upon with Baku. They were agreed upon during  trilateral negotiations held in Brussels.

The first principle is that Armenia and Azerbaijan recognize each  other's territorial integrity within the limits of 29.8 thousand and  86.6 thousand square kilometers, respectively. There is also an  understanding that the Alma-Ata Declaration of 1991 should become the  political basis for the delimitation and further demarcation of the  state border, that is, the border delimitation process should be  based on maps of the USSR General Staff of 1974-1990. The point of no  territorial claims against each other was also agreed upon and a  commitment not to make similar claims in the future. In addition, the  prime minister pointed out, regional communications should be  unblocked on the basis of mutual respect for the sovereignty,  jurisdiction and laws of the countries.

The topic of opening communications has been the most discussed in  recent years, Pashinyan noted. "There were a lot of discussions and  speculations on this topic; various kinds of promises, obligations  and even conspiracies were attributed to the RA government and to me  personally. All our promises and obligations found a place in our  proposed project "Crossroads of the World" and we are ready to begin  its implementation the day before, and therefore we expect effective  support from regional countries and international partners. The  document also reflects the promises and obligations given to us," the  head of the Cabinet indicated.

The Prime Minister asks if the key principles have been generally  agreed upon, then why is the peace treaty not signed? "By and large,  the reason is the distrust of the parties," notes Pashinyan. In order  to avoid misunderstandings and a unique interpretation of the  document, its content will also be clarified in the near future,  which will become an additional guarantee of maintaining security in  the future, the head of the RA Cabinet of Ministers added. "The  government and I intend to intensify diplomatic work to resolve these  issues and will notify the public about the processes," Pashinyan  said.

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