1 Mar 2024 14:12

Yerevan, Baku could sign peace treaty soon, some technical issues yet to be resolved - Armenian MP

YEREVAN. March 1 (Interfax) - Armenia and Azerbaijan could soon sign a peace treaty should Baku demonstrate its readiness to resolve remaining technical issues, Armenian Parliament Deputy Speaker Ruben Rubinyan said.

"If we manage to include the indicated principles that have been already agreed by the heads of Armenia and Azerbaijan into the peace treaty, peace can be reached very fast," Rubinyan said at the panel discussion on peace in the South Caucasus on the sidelines of the Antalya Diplomacy Forum.

"We, for our part, also stand ready to do everything possible to reach peace, but we do not see sufficient efforts from Azerbaijan. We hope that this will change. Only technical work is yet to be completed. We hope that we will be able to achieve the required results," he said.

The fundamental principles for peace include recognition of each other's territorial integrity on the basis of the Almaty Declaration, border demarcation and delimitation based on this declaration, as well as unblocking regional transport routes in line with the sovereignty principle, he said.

Armenia has no territorial claims on Azerbaijan, and this is confirmed in the joint documents signed by Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Rubinyan said.

"But the best way to confirm everything that has been said above, to be sure that the countries have no claims to each other is to sign a peace treaty, which should formalize these principles. There are also two important points in the draft peace treaty - that Armenia and Azerbaijan recognize each other's territorial integrity and will have no territorial claims to each other in the future and, second, that the countries should not refer to their domestic legislation to refuse to fulfill the points of the peace treaty," Rubinyan said.