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Baku tells Yerevan “last chance” to avoid crisis

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The president Ilham Aliyev alternative version of the land corridor to Nakhichevan proved that the main source of power in the South Caucasus is Azerbaijan, and no obstacles can keep it from its goals. Baku may once again isolate Yerevan from the opportunity to participate in global projects. This is the last opportunity for Armenia, and by staying away from this project, it will lose its only chance to avoid an economic crisis. This set of statements was made by the Secretary of the Security Council of Azerbaijan, Colonel-General Ramil Usubov in an interview with the official press, reports today, June 14, the Report news agency.

After the end of the 44-day war in Karabakh in the fall of 2020, the leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia held seven meetings in real and online formats at the initiative of the presidents of Russia, France and the President of the Council of the European Union. The content of the negotiations and the peace agenda are unequivocally determined by Ilham Aliyev. At the request of the President of Azerbaijan, such expressions as “the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict” and “the status of Nagorno-Karabakh” are no longer used in the negotiations, the administrative head of the Azerbaijani Security Council said.

According to him, Baku presented its proposals to ensure peace, security and development in the post-war region, including the opening of communication routes, mutual provision of customs and border control issues, joint creation of a platform for economic cooperation.

“But now the initial goal is to start negotiations on a peace agreement and discuss issues of delimitation and demarcation of borders. The composition of the relevant state commission has already been approved by both parties, and the first meeting was held in the border zone. True, Armenia delayed the meeting for several months, avoided negotiations, but as a result, it was forced to sit down at the negotiating table,” Usubov said.

As the next step, he indicated “the opening of the Zangezur corridor, where Yerevan is already losing the ability to create obstacles.”

“President Aliyev’s high diplomatic skill also plays a key role in this process. According to the memorandum of understanding signed with Iran on its initiative, a new transport hub connecting East Zangezur and Nakhchivan will be built five kilometers south of the Iranian-Armenian border. It will consist of a railway line, a multi-lane highway, digital communications and other elements, completely ignoring Armenia’s maneuvers around the Zangezur corridor. The Armenian government believes that it should have a superior position in relation to the new transport hub and should dictate its terms. However, our president announced that this transport hub would be put into operation with a geographical difference of only 5 kilometers, and Armenia once again made a mistake in its calculations,” the Azerbaijani general said.

As reported EADaily, President Ilham Aliyev in April signed a decree approving a Memorandum of Understanding between the government of Azerbaijan and the government of Iran on the establishment of new communication links between the East Zangezur economic region and the Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic of Azerbaijan through Iranian territory. The agreement is intended to serve as the opening of new transport routes in the post-war region, to ensure the travel of Azerbaijani citizens to Nakhichevan using Iranian territory.

A railway or other transport route in the logic of a “corridor” cannot operate on the territory of Armenia, Secretary of the Security Council of the Republic said Armen Grigoryan in a conversation published on May 24 with the state agency “Armenpress”, commenting on the latest statement by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev about the “Zangezur corridor”.

After the end of the 44-day war in Karabakh, the Azerbaijani leadership began to seek from Armenia the creation of the so-called Zangezur corridor. According to Baku, a through transport link between “mainland” Azerbaijan and its Nakhichevan enclave through the Armenian Syunik region should be provided, following the example of the Lachin corridor, which links Armenia with Nagorno-Karabakh and along which Russian peacekeepers are currently stationed. Meanwhile, Yerevan points out that in the tripartite statements of the leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia dated November 9, 2020, January 11 and November 26, 2021, there is no mention of the “Zangezur corridor”, in contrast to fixing the current status of the Lachin corridor.

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