No decision made on Armenia-Azerbaijan border delimitation map, says Armenia

On Tuesday (18 July), the Armenian government confirmed that no decision has yet been made on which map to use during the Armenia-Azerbaijan border delimitation process.

Following a meeting of the Armenian and Azerbaijani border delimitation committees at a relatively peaceful section of their mutual border on 12 July, about which you can read more here, a statement released by both sides confirmed they "continued the discussion of border delimitation issues and touched upon a number of organizational and procedural issues".

However, speaking to the Armenian outlet some six days later, the office of the Armenian Deputy Prime Minister Mher Grigoryan confirmed that no decision on which map to use during the border delimitation process was reached. This issue has been a bone of contention in ongoing negotiations in this area for several weeks.

Speaking after his 1 June meeting with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in the Moldovan capital Chisinau, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan suggested that Baku is open to accepting an Armenian proposal to use 1975 Soviet maps.

The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry denied that, however, saying that Azerbaijan has demarcated its borders with other neighbouring states "on the basis of analyses and examination of legally binding documents, rather than any specially chosen map".

The issue was also on the agenda during a 15 July meeting between President Aliyev and PM Pashinyan in Brussels, after which the European Union's Charles Michel said that the two leaders "agreed to intensify and accelerate the work of the commissions".

source: with agencies
photo: TASS