Will concrete actions follow the words of the Armenian Prime Minister during the meeting in Prague?

By Orientation

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev met with French President Emmanuel Macron, European Council President Charles Michel and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in Prague on October 6. Orientation reports.

According to the statement issued after the meeting, Azerbaijan and Armenia reaffirmed their commitment to the Charter of the United Nations and the Alma-Ata Declaration of 1991, in which both countries recognized the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the other.

The parties also confirmed that this will become the basis for the work of the commissions on the delimitation of the borders between Azerbaijan and Armenia, and the next meeting of the commissions will be held in Brussels at the end of October.

Canadian Global Affairs Institute researcher Robert Cutler, commenting on the meeting, said it was not the first time Pashinyan had publicly referred to the December 21, 1991 Alma-Ata statement, signed by the Armenia, Azerbaijan and other post-Soviet countries, recognizing and respecting each other’s territorial integrity and the inviolability of existing borders.

“Also in mid-September this year, Pashinyan made statements in favor of signing a document, following which Armenia will achieve permanent peace and security with its territory of 29,800 square kilometers. This number has been repeated more than once. It is very clear that it limits territorial claims to Armenia itself and cannot include any Azerbaijani territory,” Cutler noted.

Nevertheless, according to him, assuming Pashinyan can stick to the above statement after returning to Yerevan, it bodes well for an eventual peace treaty between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

The American analyst Irina Tsukerman noted that this major step in the recognition of the territorial integrity of each is a major advance, widely welcomed.

“This sends a signal to the people of both countries that the countries take each other’s national sovereignty seriously and are committed to upholding the trilateral agreement.
[signed by Azerbaijani, Armenian and Russian leaders following the
2020 second Karabakh war] and the peacebuilding process,” said Tsukerman.

According to her, Pashinyan thus sends a message that he understands that any provocation on the border of Armenia and Azerbaijan will not be acceptable.

“Does this mean that he also pledged to get Armenian troops out of the area from which they should have been withdrawn long ago? We’ll see if his actions speak louder than words,” the analyst also noted. “For the international community, this means a serious diplomatic achievement that puts an end to the propaganda campaigns and lobbying efforts of third parties such as the Armenian diaspora in Western countries.”

These parties can no longer assert grievances, she added.

“It is unclear what Armenia was hoping to achieve with the latest military provocations. After the lack of interest in the continuation of propaganda by most of the international community at the political level, Pashinyan finally understood that the time for the games is over and that it is in Armenia’s interest to continue the propaganda. regional integration,” said Tsukerman.

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Berta D. Wells