Azerbaijan’s authorities are doing everything they can to hinder the start of the demarcating and delimitating process of the border with Armenia, Acting Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan told a government meeting on Thursday.
"Azerbaijan is trying to pretend that Armenia opposes this and is hampering the demarcation and delimitation process. In fact, the opposite is true. Azerbaijan is against the delimitation and demarcation of the borders, so it shows fake maps, trying to justify the presence of its armed forces on the sovereign territory of Armenia, in particular on the Sotk-Khoznavar section," the acting PM said.
According to Pashinyan, "both the world community and Armenia clearly outlined their stance on this issue: the withdrawal of Azerbaijani forces from these territories, a reciprocal pullout of Armenian and Azerbaijani troops from the border to permanent bases, the deployment of Russian border guards or international observers to the border and launching a demarcation and delimitation effort in accordance with international standards."
"Our proposal remains on the table, we continue to work with our Russian partners in this direction, yet Azerbaijan has remained mum on our proposal," TASS quoted him as saying.
On Wednesday, the Armenian Defense Ministry reported a shootout in the area of Yeraskh on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, which left one Armenian serviceman dead.
Following the end of military action in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone last fall, when seven regions adjacent to Nagorno-Karabakh fell under Azerbaijan’s control, the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan moved to the immediate vicinity of the Syunik and Gegharkunik Provinces. Tensions rose there on May 12. Then, the Armenian Defense Ministry announced that the Azerbaijani Armed Forces had attempted to carry out "certain activities" in the Syunik Province in a bid to "redefine the border," moving into Armenian territory. After measures were carried out by Armenia’s units, Azerbaijan’s military halted this attempt.