Toivo Klaar considers Azerbaijan's demand to have assurance of safe movement in Armenian territory very legitimate

Toivo Klaar, EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia

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# 20 November 2023 15:58 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan’s "Zangazur corridor” approach doesn't imply extra-territoriality, said EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia, Toivo Klaar during his interview with Armenpress, APA reports.

During the interview, Armenian journalist said that Azerbaijan regularly talks about the “Zangazur Corridor” in the context of unblocking regional communications, and official Baku is obviously implying the idea of having an extra-territorial corridor through the sovereign territory of Armenia.

Toivo Klaar said that Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev very clearly explained that in which context the “Zangazur Corridor” the phrase "Zangezur Corridor" is used:

“First of all, I think that, a few months ago [in May 2023], in Moscow, President Ilham Aliyev very clearly said publicly on television, in a meeting that they had with Prime Minister Pashinyan in the presence of President Putin, that naming it a ‘corridor’ doesn't imply extra-territoriality. President Aliyev has said – also on other occasions in smaller settings – that this does not imply extra-territoriality. Yes, calling it a corridor, as you know, we say transport corridors in reference to different corridors that we have in Europe and we never imply extra-territoriality.”

Toivo Klaar stressed that Azerbaijan wanting to have an assurance that Azerbaijani citizens and cargo crossing Armenian territory will be safe and secure is very legitimate: “And what is also very legitimate is, for instance, in this case Azerbaijan, to want to have an assurance that Azerbaijani citizens and cargo crossing Armenian territory will be safe and secure. That is perfectly logical and normal.”

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