The summit of the leaders of the CIS countries has started in Astana. The heads of states will first hold a discussion with a small group, then the representatives of the delegations will join them.
RA Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan gives a speech at the summit of the leaders of the CIS countries. Here are the main points of his speech.
First, Pashinyan referred to Aliyev’s statements that Armenia organized or is organizing attacks on the embassies of Azerbaijan in European countries or the USA. Pashinyan called them baseless and added that if there were such facts indeed, Azerbaijan would have published those facts a long time ago.
Pashinyan noted that the Artsakh conflict never had a religious context, as Azerbaijan wants to present it, and in fact, Armenia has very close relations with many Muslim countries.
Referring to the question of unblocking territorial infrastructures, Pashinyan accused Azerbaijan of manipulating the points of the 2020 trilateral agreement. In particular, noting that the trilateral agreement states that the parties should agree on road construction, which Azerbaijan opposes, claiming that the roads should be built by the Armenian side.
Pashinyan stated that “Corridor” is not mentioned anywhere in point 9 of the 2020 trilateral agreement refuting Aliyev’s claim of the “Zangezur corridor”. He also added that Azerbaijan continues to invade Armenia and claim more Armenian land, which is unacceptable to the Republic of Armenia.
Pashinyan confirmed that Armenia has given Azerbaijan all maps of the burial sites of the First Artsakh War and all maps of the landmines’ locations as a sign of goodwill. Meanwhile, Azerbaijan has since announced that the accuracy of these maps is only 25%.
When talking about the MIAs, Pashinyan confirmed that at the moment there are 777 Armenians MIA from the First Artsakh War and 217 Armenians MIA as a result of 2020 Artsakh War.
Speaking about the September 13-14 Azerbaijani aggression, Pashinyan noted that until now Azerbaijan is preventing the removal of the bodies of the last Armenian victims.
Pashinyan, in his speech at the regular session of the CIS Heads of State Council, also addressed the issue of giving the CIS observer status in the CSTO, which was discussed during the session. He called on his colleagues who are members of the CIS to take sides on a number of important issues before making a decision, that is, does the CSTO recognize the state borders of the CIS countries established in 1991 as fundamental documents of the CIS.