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The Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded to Azerbaijani Minister of Foreign Affairs Jeyhun Bayramov’s statement that “Yerevan’s preconditions for starting [border] delimitation are unacceptable for Baku.”

Asked to comment on this statement, Armenian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Vahan Hunanyan told Armenpress that Armenia does not have any preconditions in the matter of border delimitation with Azerbaijan, and that it is about agreements.

Azerbaijan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Jeyhun Bayramov, responding to Armenia’s proposals relating to the process of [border] delimitation and demarcation, said that Yerevan’s preconditions for launching delimitation are unacceptable for Baku. How would you comment?

I believe there is a misunderstanding regarding this issue. The Armenian side doesn’t have preconditions in the issue of [border] delimitation. It’s about agreements. The November 26 Sochi trilateral statement of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia and the Presidents of the Russian Federation and Azerbaijan notes that the sides have agreed to “take steps in the direction of increasing the level of security and stability on the Azerbaijani-Armenian border and to move towards the formation of a trilateral commission for [border] delimitation and demarcation.”

This agreement was reaffirmed and an agreement on starting a process of withdrawing troops was reached during the December 14 trilateral meeting between the Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders in Brussels—in mediation of the President of the European Council. Thus, The Armenian side’s proposals aren’t about preconditions, but rather about realizing the agreements that were reached. The Republic of Armenia believes that the [border] delimitation process must be launched swiftly—in accordance to the abovementioned agreements.

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