During the last meeting on unblocking communications with Azerbaijan, Deputy Prime Minister of Armenia Mher Grigoryan interrupted negotiations and returned to Yerevan, “Hraparak” newspaper writes. We are talking about the meeting on December 1, which took place in Moscow, and at which, as it turned out later, the parties failed to agree on a number of issues.
As reported by Sputnik Armenia, then the representative of Azerbaijan put forward new conditions that contradict the trilateral statement of the leaders, adopted on November 26 in Sochi. It was after this that Grigoryan interrupted the meeting and returned to Armenia.
A few days after the Moscow meeting, the President of Azerbaijan, at a meeting with residents of the Guba region, demanded from Armenia to name the date for the opening of the so-called. “Zangezur Corridor”.
In an interview with the newspaper, the Deputy Prime Minister now states that this statement of the Azerbaijani authorities was really a surprise for Armenia.
“Until now, all discussions took place in an atmosphere of constructive dialogue. And we hoped that the work would be continued within the framework of the principles reflected in the trilateral statements of the leaders of Armenia, Russia and Azerbaijan, as well as agreed in previous meetings,” he said.
The Armenian side believed that it was possible to come to an understanding on the issue of restoring and unblocking railway communications. There was also an understanding that countries will retain sovereignty over the routes that pass through their territory. Nevertheless, the official hopes that the parties will still be able to continue working within the framework of the fundamental principles that have already been agreed upon.
All these months, the Azerbaijani side has been circulating rumors about the provision of a “corridor” to it in the Syunik region of Armenia, through which it wants to establish a land connection with the Nakhichevan autonomy. The Armenian authorities, however, note that if communications are unblocked, all roads in Armenia will remain under its jurisdiction, and there is no talk of an extraterritorial corridor. The fact that the countries retain their sovereignty over the routes through their territory was previously stated by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Overchuk.