20 Nov 2023 09:40

Basic principles of peace between Armenia, Azerbaijan agreed upon - Armenian PM

YEREVAN. Nov 20 (Interfax) - Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed on the basic principles of peace, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said.

"The main principles of peace with Azerbaijan have been agreed upon. It happened as a result of the meetings between the president of Azerbaijan and me in Brussels with the mediation of President of the European Council Charles Michel. These agreements were formalized following the trilateral meetings in Charles Michel's statements of May 14 and July 15," Pashinyan said at a fall session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in Yerevan on Saturday.

Armenia and Azerbaijan have an understanding that the demarcation of the borders between the countries must be conducted in accordance with the maps of the USSR General Staff of 1974-1990, he said.

"There is also an understanding that Armenia and Azerbaijan should not have territorial complains to each other and are ready to assume legal obligations not to make such complains in the future," Pashinyan said.

There is also bad news, the countries still speak "different diplomatic languages and cannot understand each other," he said.

"In addition, Azerbaijan never mentions publicly the three principles of normalizing relations coordinated with the EU's mediation, which exacerbates the atmosphere of distrust. The fact that Azerbaijan started calling Armenia Western Azerbaijan at the state level is also extremely suspicious. It is even being taught in schools and universities. We see it as preparations for and organization of a new war and armed aggression against Armenia," Pashinyan said.

The Armenian side does not understand Azerbaijan's approach which consistently fails to return dozens of captives, while Armenia has been proposing to resolve this issue on the basis of the "all for all" principle for a long time, he said.