“Unfortunately, the peace agreement will not be signed”
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan regretted that he will not sign a peace agreement with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in Spain.
Pashinyan told local journalists about this on September 17 spoke.
“If signing was planned, it would mean that we believe that this document is in the balanced interests of Armenia and we are ready to sign it,” Pashinyan said.
However, the Prime Minister also emphasized that the peace agenda is Armenia’s priority.
“We want to sign a peace agreement with Azerbaijan as soon as possible, for example, at the end of the year or at the beginning of the year, and we are doing everything for this. We hope that intensive negotiations will continue.”
He also stated that the humanitarian crisis in Nagorno-Karabakh and the illegal blockade of the Lachin corridor have a negative impact on the peace process:
“That’s why we lose a lot of time, if it weren’t for this situation, the time and energy we spent on it would have been spent on discussing the peace agreement.”
Assistant to the President Hikmet Hajiyev to the Russian media on September 16 said thatAzerbaijan aims to solve problems with Armenia through peaceful means.
“I would not like to comment on hypothetical scenarios. Azerbaijan is a responsible member of the international community, always taking steps in accordance with the provisions of its constitution and international law. We are focused on the peaceful solution of all existing problems.” – said Hikmet Hajiyev when answering the question about whether there is a possibility that Azerbaijan can use force.
Hajiyev also said that Baku is ready for possible compromises in order to dialogue with Yerevan.
He noted that Azerbaijan will not discuss issues that question the country’s territorial integrity and sovereignty with Armenia or any third country:
“Attempts to interfere in the internal affairs of our state, including attempts to raise the topic of creating some international mechanisms for dialogue between the Azerbaijani leadership and the ethnic Armenian minority in Karabakh, are doomed to failure. Karabakh is an internal issue of Azerbaijan, and attempts to dispute it are counterproductive in terms of prospects for achieving sustainable peace in the region.”
A five-way meeting between the Prime Minister of Armenia and the President of Azerbaijan, as well as the President of France, the Chancellor of Germany and the head of the Council of Europe is planned for October 5 in Granada.
A brief chronicle of the conflict
The initial stage of the Karabakh conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia began in 1988.
During the First Karabakh War, which began with Armenia’s territorial claims to Azerbaijan and ended with the ceasefire agreement signed in 1994, the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan and 7 adjacent districts were occupied.
As a result of the 44-day Second Karabakh war between the armed forces of Azerbaijan and Armenia in September 2020, Azerbaijan regained control over a part of Karabakh and 7 surrounding districts.
Russian peacekeepers have been deployed in the Lachin Corridor and the contact line in Karabakh after the fighting was stopped by a tripartite joint statement signed by the leaders of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia.
At the current stage, the ceasefire is often violated in the area, and even battles that last for days take place.
As a result, both sides lose and blame each other for it.