Azerbaijani Milli Majlis: Alen Simonyan's statement does not contribute to peace and tranquility in region

Azerbaijani Milli Majlis: Alen Simonyan
# 24 April 2023 16:27 (UTC +04:00)

"Armenian Parliament Speaker Alen Simonyan's statement made on social media regarding the establishment of a border checkpoint on the Lachin-Khankendi road is unacceptable," the Press Service of the Milli Majlis (Azerbaijani Parliament) stated in the press release regarding the statement of the Speaker of the Parliament of Armenia Alen Simonyan on the establishment of a border checkpoint at the beginning of the Lachin-Khankandi road by the Republic of Azerbaijan, APA reports.

"This is yet another attempt to interfere in Azerbaijan's internal affairs, and is not at all conducive to peace and tranquillity in the region," the Press Service of the Milli Majlis noted.

Noted that Armenian officials as well as the Speaker of Parliament should refrain in their statements and utterances from attempting to manipulate the international community in a smear campaign against Azerbaijan, including by belying the well-known judgment of the International Court.

It should be emphasised that border security, including traffic security, is a necessary precondition for national security, state sovereignty and the rule of law. Preventing abuses and ensuring border security from systematic and widespread illegal activities on the Lachin Road is a legitimate right of the Azerbaijani Government, the decision of which also aims to prevent illegal activities and facilitate orderly entry and exit into and out of the country.

"The claims of the Armenian side that this decision allegedly contradicts the Trilateral Statement of 10 November by the leaders of Azerbaijan, the Russian Federation and Armenia are completely unfounded and far from the truth. It is Armenia which has been blatantly violating the provisions of the above-mentioned statement and has been using the Lachin Road for unlawful military purposes. Among other things, contrary to Paragraph 4 of the Trilateral Statement, the personnel of the Armenian armed formations remaining in the territory of Azerbaijan have been rotated, and weapons and ammunition have been transported via the road in question. The transportation of mines by road and their subsequent planting within the sovereign territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan have had particularly serious complications; a large number of our citizens has been killed and injured as a result of mine explosions.

Azerbaijan fully ensures the unimpeded movement of citizens, vehicles and humanitarian goods along the Lachin Road.

We call on the Armenian side to refrain from such actions that may increase the tensions in the region, not to obstruct the peace talks under various pretexts, and to assume a responsible approach to the efforts being made to establish relations with Azerbaijan on the basis of the principles of territorial integrity and sovereignty of the countries," the statement said.