Grigoryan: Armenia is ready to start the delimitation and demarcation of its borders

According to the news agency Tass, the security council secretary of Armenia, Armen Grigoryan, announced yesterday (28 October) that Armenia was ready to begin the demarcation and delimitation of its borders, and that it was discussing the normalisation of Armenian-Turkish relations with Russia.

Following a cabinet meeting, Grigoryan reportedly stated that Armenia was “ready to initiate the process of delimitation and demarcation, [and we] are ready to discuss all of the working group’s proposals and are awaiting positive signals from Baku. In September, at the UN, they seemed to have made such a statement, but we have not moved forward on this issue”. He added that the current Soviet maps were based on those printed in the 1920s, and that even here “clarity is lacking. Some say that these are maps dating back to 1926, others that they’re from 1929”.

On the issue of the normalisation of relations with Turkey, Tass report Grigoryan as saying that "we have repeatedly said that we are ready to normalize relations with Turkey. We are in consultations with our Russian colleagues on ways to move forward on the matter. Like Turkey, we have stated that there are some positive signs and we can start normalizing relations".

He also reportedly noted that the Russian military contingent was likely to stay in Nagorno-Karabakh for longer than the stipulated five year period. "Armenia is in talks with Russian colleagues at the high and highest levels. We believe that the Russian peacekeeping forces are likely to stay [in Nagorno-Karabakh] longer. The facilities that are being established allow us to assume that the Russian peacekeeping forces are going to stay longer that it was stipulated" he said.

source: with Tass and agencies
photo: Security council secretary of Armenia, Armen Grigoryan; Official twitter account of Armen Grigoryan