Avinyan: negotiations with Azerbaijan on border demarcation may be held before the end of 2020

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YEREVAN, December 10. /ARKA/. Negotiations with Azerbaijan on demarcation of the state border may take place this year with the mediation of Russia, Armenian Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan said today in parliament during a government Q&A session.

He said an inter-agency group is currently working along the entire length of the state border with Azerbaijan, which means that documents are being prepared for the anticipated negotiations, which will most likely take place this year with the mediation of Russian colleagues.

He said the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan has not yet been finally demarcated, but the Armenian side has maps and documents printed in different times as evidence.

“I want to assure everyone that there have not been and cannot be territorial concessions on part of the Republic of Armenia,” Avinyan said.

Earlier this week Armenian President Armen Sarkissian sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin asking for support in the demarcation of the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Sarkissian said there was still a potential danger of new disputes between the two countries regarding the demarcation of their borders.

From September 27 to November 9, Azerbaijani armed forces, backed by Turkey and foreign mercenaries and terrorists, attacked Nagorno-Karabakh along the entire front line using rocket and artillery weapons, heavy armored vehicles, military aircraft and prohibited types of weapons such as cluster bombs and phosphorus weapons.

On November 9, the leaders of the Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a statement on the cessation of all hostilities in Artsakh. According to the document, the parties stopped at where they were at that time. The town of Shushi, the districts of Agdam, Kelbajar and Lachin are handed over to Azerbaijan, with the exception of a 5-kilometer corridor connecting Karabakh with Armenia.

A Russian peacekeeping contingent has been deployed along the contact line in Karabakh and along the Lachin corridor. Internally displaced persons and refugees are returning to Karabakh and adjacent regions, prisoners of war, hostages and other detained persons and bodies of the dead are being exchanged.-

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