29 Aug 2022 14:47

Traffic between Karabakh, Armenia to be rerouted on Tuesday - NKR Security Council

YEREVAN. Aug 29 (Interfax) - Ground traffic between the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) and Armenia will be rerouted starting on August 30, the NKR Security Council said in a resolution.

"The latest meeting of the Security Council took place on August 29 under the chairmanship of President of the Republic of Artsakh [the Armenian name for Nagorno-Karabakh] Arayik Harutyunyan. The meeting addressed the operation of a new route connecting the Republic of Artsakh and the Republic of Armenia," the NKR press service said.

Clause 6 of the trilateral agreement, signed by the leaders of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia on November 9, 2020, says that "the new route will retain the status of a corridor," it said.

"Following discussions, the Security Council has decided to open a new route to the Republic of Armenia, through the Berdadzor sub-district of the Shushi region, starting at 8 p.m. on August 30," the statement said.

Previously, Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia were connected by the Lachin corridor where Russian peacekeepers were deployed and the Sotk-Kalbajar road that passed under Azerbaijani control.

The NKR Security Council also said that the 4.7-kilometer road temporarily connecting the route to the Goris (Armenia) - Stepanakert road had been asphalted.

"The meeting participants underlined the importance of guarantees for the security of the new road and urban development norms, alongside the importance of teamwork of respective government agencies and the Russian peacekeeping mission," the statement said.