Armenia’s Security Council secretary on ‘secret’ Armenian-Azerbaijani agreement on border demarcation

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YEREVAN, May 21. /ARKA/. The border crisis in Armenia’s province of Syunik has not been yet resolved and the tension still persists since a group of Azerbaijani troops who had advanced several kilometers into Armenia’s sovereign territory earlier this month have not pulled back to their original positions, Secretary of Armenia’s Security Council Armen Grigoryan said in an interview with Russian RBC. In his words, Armenian armed forces are in full control of the situation in that area.

On May 20, Acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced his readiness to sign a “secret document” on the delimitation of the Armenian-Azerbaijani state border that was declassified the day before by former Armenian ambassador to the Vatican, Serzh Sargsyan’s son-in-law Mikael Minasyan.

Asked about the ‘secret document,’ Grigoryan said it is only about the creation of three separate national delegations (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia) on demarcation and delimitation issues, about their composition and the date of the upcoming meeting.

“It is important to state that the document emphasizes that all Armenian-Azerbaijani problems should be resolved exclusively by political and diplomatic means in accordance with the trilateral statements (signed earlier by the leaders of the three countries). Naturally, this document does not contain a word about “disputed areas” or about the handover of any territory of Armenia to Azerbaijan,” Grigoryan said.

He also noted that “the demarcation and delimitation of borders is possible only in a peaceful and balanced environment.”

“It is obvious that the illegal presence of Azerbaijani armed formations on the territory of the Republic of Armenia does not contribute to the solution of these problems. In addition, the demarcation and delimitation of borders is a complex of interstate and international relations. They include numerous aspects, such as the issue of succession of states, economic, social, demographic issues and others,” he stressed.

The first page of the ‘secret’ document first announced by Mikael Minasyan, was published by Armlur.am news website. It says that the commission on the delimitation and demarcation of the Armenian-Azerbaijani frontier is to be formed by May 31 and hold its first meeting by June 30. The rest of the page posted by Minasyan on Facebook is blacked out.

Speaking at parliament on May 20 Pashinyan denied Minasyan’s claims that the agreement has “secret” protocol attached that could lead to a handover of Armenian territory to Azerbaijan.

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