YEREVAN, December 30. /ARKA/. Armenia’s National Security Service (NSS) said today that the road from the town of Goris to Kapan, the capital of the southern province of Syunik is safe for traveling.
It also said that a section of the road near the village of Shurnukh that runs very close to Azerbaijani border is being protected by Armenian and Russian border troops.
According to NSS, no incidents have been registered on the road, the situation is fully controlled and the population has no cause for concern.
Earlier, Armenian human rights defender Arman Tatoyan slammed Azerbaijan for the installation of a banner with a map of Azerbaijan on the Goris-Kapan road. According to mayor of Kapan Gevorg Parsyan, there are three sections on Kapan-Goris, Kapan-Chkaten and Kapan-Agarak roads, which turned out to be on the territory controlled by Azerbaijan.
After the leaders of Armenia, Russia and Azerbaijan signed a statement on the cessation of all hostilities in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) on November 9, more than 190 settlements in Artsakh and adjacent seven regions came under the control of Azerbaijan.
As a result, the borders of the Syunik region in the south of Armenia (including the administrative center Kapan) appeared to be in close proximity to the new borders of Azerbaijan, drawn up during the Soviet times.
Residents of some settlements in Syunik protested against the decision of Armenian armed forces to dismantle their military posts and withdraw from strategically important heights, which came under control of Azerbaijani armed forces.