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 Thursday, February 15 2024 20:43
Naira Badalian

Yerevan responds to Baku 

Yerevan responds to Baku 

ArmInfo.Yerevan suggests Baku to accelerate the delimitation process on the basis of the Prague  agreements and reiterates the willingness of the RA.

This was reported by spokesperson of the RA Ministry of Foreign  Affairs Ani Badalyan in response to a statement by the Azerbaijani  Foreign Ministry regarding the speech of Prime Minister Nikol  Pashinyan at a government meeting on February 15.

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan made a comment  regarding the speech made by the Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol  Pashinyan during the Government session on February 15, in relation  to which we would like to remind that on 6 October 2022 in Prague  Azerbaijan and Armenia agreed in written form that they recognize  each other's territorial integrity and sovereignty based on 1991  Alma-Ata declaration and that the Alma-Ata declaration will be the  political basis for the process of demarcation. We suggest Azerbaijan  accelerate the delimitation process based on this agreement, and we  reiterate the willingness of the Republic of Armenia.," the statement  reads.

Today, at a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of  Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, recalling that on February 13, as a result  of the aggressive actions of Azerbaijan, 4 border guards on combat  duty at the Armenian state border in the area of the Nerkin Hand  settlement of the enlarged Kapan community of the Syunik region were  killed, stated that Baku's intentions remain the same: to pursue a  policy of military coercion against the Republic of Armenia.  Pashinyan also pointed out that Azerbaijan regularly talks, as it  puts it, about the territories of 4 villages, at the same time  refusing to accept that the vital territories of 31 non-enclave  villages of the Republic of Armenia are under Azerbaijani occupation,  territories from which Baku does not want to leave. "Azerbaijan is  trying to start military operations on certain sections of the border  with Armenia with the prospect of unleashing a full-scale war against  the Republic of Armenia," he emphasized.

In response, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry rejected the statements  of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, describing them as  'unfounded'  and 'intended to deliberately inflame tension in the  region'.

Baku noted that Azerbaijan's actions were allegedly taken in response  to the injury of an Azerbaijani serviceman. 

Commenting on Pashinyan's statement about enclaves and exclaves, the  Foreign Ministry said:"Referring to the issue of enclave and exclave  villages of Azerbaijan, another assertion of the Prime Minister of  Armenia that Azerbaijan had occupied the territories of 31 villages  is part of political manipulations. We would like to remind the Prime  Minister, who stated in his previous statements that there are 32  such villages, that Armenia first and foremost has obligations to  return 8 villages of Azerbaijan." It would be appropriate to get an  explanation why Armenia, which refers to the territorial integrity  and conduct of delimitation on the basis of the borders of 1991 and  the Alma-Ata Declaration, has not complied with these maps and  agreements in the last 35 years, refused to accept the borders  reflected in the Soviet maps, and occupied the territories of   Azerbaijan," the statement reads. 

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