In an interview with the Egpytian AlQahera News Agency, the Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan has revealed the peace treaty proposals that Armenia made to Azerbaijan during the latest round of peace treaty talks.
In the interview, Mirzoyan said that Armenia's proposals include:
1. The clarification of parameters for the delimitation of the state border
On this topic, Mirzoyan said: "without clearly agreed parameters on the delimitation of the international borders between Armenia and Azerbaijan, countries cannot specify which territorial integrity they mutually recognise, and this will lead to [more] fighting instead of establishing peace."
2. The distancing of forces from the state border and the creation of a demilitarised zone along the borderline as a confidence-building measure and security mechanism
Mirzoyan said this suggestion would be designed to help "ensure [the] prevention of any possible future escalation".
3. Establish a mechanism of guarantees
The Armenian FM said that this would "ensure the implementation of the obligations, as well as outline ways of resolution of possible misinterpretations and disputes".
4. An international mechanism to address the issues of rights and security of the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh
Mirzoyan said this final point should be a "key component" to any peace agreement.
Three tracks of negotiations
There are also three tracks of negotiations, Mirzoyan said. First, on opening all transport communications in the region; second, on delimitation and border security; and third, on the treaty of establishing peaceful relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
In the interview Mirzoyan also highlighted another issue central to the ongoing negotiations, that being sovereignty and territorial integrity in the context of "connectivity". He said that Armenia "is ready to open all communications at the very moment when Azerbaijan accepts that the roads should be operating under the sovereignty and jurisdiction of the states they are passing through".
Separately, replying to a tweet from Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan yesterday, the Azerbaijani Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Aykhan Hajizada said more broadly that "respect to territorial integrity and sovereignty must prevail in our region, and any escalation must be addressed based on norms and principles of international law."
source: commonspace.eu with agencies
photo: MFA Armenia