May 18, 2021 – 12:08 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net – Armenia and Azerbaijan believe there is a need to start negotiations on the delimitation of borders between the two countries.
Announcements from both sides were made against the backdrop of Azerbaijan’s recent invasion of Armenia. On the morning of May 12, the armed forces of Azerbaijan violated the border of Armenia in the southern province of Syunik, advancing 3.5 kilometers and surrounding Sev Lake, which is situated on the border between the two countries but is predominantly a part of Armenia. On May 13, the Azerbaijani military committed more border violations against Armenia, advancing near Vardenis (Gegharkunik province) and Sisian (Syunik province).
Secretary of the Security Council of Armenia Armen Grigoryan said in an interview with the Public Television on Monday, May 17 that the Armenian side is ready to start work on demarcating the border with Azerbaijan. His comments came after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow has offered assistance to Yerevan and Baku in the process of border delimitation and demarcation.
“For obvious reasons, the borders between Armenia and Azerbaijan have not been demarcated over the past 30 years. We are ready to start work on that process,” Grigoryan said, adding that it is in the best interests of Armenia to have delimited borders.
“Through negotiations, we can reach a solution. At the same time, the Armenian side sees the solution in a trilateral format, that is, with the participation of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.”
He added, however, that territories occupied by Azerbaijan in recent days belong to Armenia, according to the maps of the Armenian and Russian sides.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev too has agreed on the need to start negotiations on the delimitation of borders with Armenia․ He made such comments in a phone conversation with the White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan underscored the need for the two countries to conduct formal discussions to demarcate their international border.