Commentary: The corridor, the quid pro quo, and the significance for Nagorno-Karabakh

Discussions on the Lachin Corridor linking Armenia with Nagorno-Karabakh, and its equivalent in the South linking mainland Azerbaijan to Nakhchivan, have been ongoing for decades. The fate of these two transport routes and that of the future of Nagorno-Karabakh are closely interlinked, the editorial team argue in this commentary.

Without a “Zangezur Corridor” there won’t be a Lachin Corridor, and without a Lachin Corridor there won’t be a Nagorno-Karabakh. Conversely, as long as there is a “Zangezur Corridor” there will be a Lachin Corridor, and as long as there is a Lachin Corridor there will be a Nagorno-Karabakh. This finely balanced arrangement may initially require Russians or others to guarantee it, but once it settles down it could be the bedrock on which the future peace of the region will be ensured.

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