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The secretary of the Security Council of Armenia has categorically rejected plans for the creation of new corridors in the southern parts of the Caucasus after the 44-day Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) war last fall.

In an interview with Tasnim news agency of Iran, Armen Grigoryan said the latest war paved the way for the presence of terrorists in the region, Tasnim reported.

Voicing concern about the insecurity caused by the presence of terrorists and the armed forces of certain countries in the region, he said, “We have always warned others against these issues. But these warnings given by Armenia did not help in preventing terrorists and armed people from entering the region.”

Grigoryan said the issue of unblocking the roads and economic routes of the region has been cited in the November 2020 statement and has also been discussed in the trilateral meeting among the leaders of Armenia, Russia, and Azerbaijan, held in Russia on January 11.

“I’d like to emphasize confidently that neither the two statements nor the meetings have made any reference to the corridor,” the Armenian official stated.

“I want to make it clear that Armenia has never proposed, and will not propose anything about the corridor, and it has never held and will not hold negotiations about the corridor,” Grigoryan underlined.

The secretary of the Security Council of Armenia noted that he has reiterated Yerevan’s stance on the issue in meetings with his counterparts and colleagues.

Before the snap parliamentary elections in Armenia and during an election campaign in Kapan city, Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan made it clear that there would not be any talk of creation of a corridor, he added.

“You know that we won the majority vote of people in the most recent elections. It indicates that our stance and policy have been accepted and comprehended by the Armenian society and they (people) support our stance. They, too, have realized that there is no talk of the corridor,” Grigoryan added.

The official also expressed Armenia’s readiness to open its routes for transportation between Azerbaijan and Turkey, but underscored that the routes are wholly placed under sovereignty of Armenia.

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