Tensions on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border

Tensions on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border

At a time when the world’s attention is focused on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, forces in the South Caucasus are trying to escalate the situation once again. This time, Western circles are planning to create clashes in the region via Armenia.

The terms of the peace agreement signed after the 44-day Karabakh war are not being met: Armenia is reluctant to fulfill its responsibilities, and France seems increasingly interested in the issue.

Tensions are rising along the border between Azerbaijan and Armenia. The settlement of the Azerbaijani army in the provinces of Lachin and Kalbajar, which were recently liberated from Armenian occupation, has provoked enmity between the two countries. The Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan decided to appeal to the Collective Security Treaty Organization on the issue, claiming that some regions where the Azerbaijani army was settled are Armenian.

Obligations of the November 10 agreement

The steps taken by the Azerbaijani border guards to determine the Armenian-Azerbaijani state border and strengthen the border in accordance with the terms of the 10 November agreement caused strong reactions in Armenia. The Armenian side, which has occupied Azerbaijani territories for 30 years, is now avoiding fulfilling its obligations to return to its former borders.

According to the trilateral declaration signed on November 10, 2020, Azerbaijani border forces have been deployed to its positions with the improvement of weather conditions in the mountainous terrain and climate conditions on the Armenian border of the newly liberated Lachin and Kalbajar regions. This process is being carried out systematically and within normal parameters.

Measures to strengthen the border protection system implemented within the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan are being carried out on both sides of the border.

Since restoration of independence, there is no agreed state border between the two countries and therefore a complex technical process is currently accompanied by disputes between the parties.

Pre-election activity of Armenian revanchists

It is surprising that the Armenian side reacted so strongly to this process, even making provocative statements in return. In connection with the pre-election situation in Armenia, we believe that attempts by official circles to use this issue for political purposes are unacceptable.

The noise that Armenia has raised about the situation at the border has already attracted the attention of the world and international organizations. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had a telephone conversation with his Azerbaijani counterpart, Jeyhun Bayramov, to discuss the issue. The parties stressed the importance of resolving all kinds of tensions through political and diplomatic means.

Later, OSCE Chairman-in-Office and Swiss Foreign Minister Ann Linde met on the phone with the Foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia Ara Ayvazyan and Jeyhun Bayramov to discuss the tension. The parties exchanged views on the tension on the Azerbaijan-Armenia border. They stressed the importance of adhering to tripartite treaties.

The United States has also reacted to the tension. US State Department spokesman Ned Price made a statement on his Twitter account.

“We are closely following reports of increased tensions along a non-demarcated portion of the Armenia-Azerbaijan border. We understand communication between the parties is ongoing and urge restraint in de-escalating the situation peacefully.”

The suspicious concern of the French President

The reaction of French President Emmanuel Macron to this issue was also surprising. Reacting to the 30-year Armenian occupation, France accused Azerbaijan of being engaged in an occupation. France, a mediator in the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, has never criticized the Armenian side, but today, the French leader is brave enough to accuse Azerbaijan of occupation. What is Franche actually interested in achieving with these comments?

The problem is related to the domestic political situation in Armenia. As the June 20 parliamentary elections approach, political competition in Armenia has intensified, and both the government and opposition forces are trying to gain political dividends by focusing on the Armenia-Azerbaijan border. The forces trying to create agitation in the Armenian society by exaggerating minor technical procedures are hoping to overshadow the November 10 agreement and ride the wave of tension in Armenia. Azerbaijan is bound by the agreement in any case and, expecting the same attitude from Armenia, fulfills its obligations to the end. Armenia will not be able to achieve anything by muddying the water.

In conclusion, I want to emphasize once again that the Karabakh conflict is over and the parties are returning to the pre-conflict borders. Why does Armenia, defeated in the 44-day war and its army completely destroyed, now refuse to demarcate its borders?!

Such revanchist intentions can not lead to anything positive for Armenia and the Armenian people.

Ahmad Shahidov

Head of the Azerbaijan Institute for Democracy and Human Rights

One response to “Tensions on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border”

  1. Ieuan Einion says:

    This is all soviet country: it’s a shame you people can’t see that and instead insist on playing the games of capitalists and imperialists.

    Stalingrad by Peter Blackman
    Hushed was the world
    And oh, dark agony that suspense shook upon us
    While hate came flooding o’er your wide savannas
    Plunging pestilence against you –
    All that stood to state: “Where men meet
    There meets one human race!”
    Therefore did men from Moscow to the Arctic
    Rounding Vladivostok to the South where Kazbek lifts its peak
    Still work and working waited news of Stalingrad
    And from Cape to white Sahara
    Men asked news of Stalingrad
    Town and village waited what had come of Stalingrad
    The tom-tom beat across thick forest
    While every evening at Palava
    Old men told of Stalingrad
    The gauchos caught the pampas whisper
    The windswept hope of Stalingrad
    And in the far Canadian north
    Trappers left their baiting for the latest out of Stalingrad
    In the factories and coal fields
    Each shift waited what last had come from Stalingrad
    While statesmen searched the dispatch boxes
    What they brought of Stalingrad
    And women stopped at house work
    Held their children close to hear
    What was afoot at Stalingrad
    For well men knew that there
    A thousand years was thrown the fate of the peoples
    Stalingrad, oh star of glory
    Star of hope, oh star of flame
    Oh what a midwife for this glory
    Take for the pattern Pavlov and his men
    A soviet soldier and his nine companions
    Who full seven weeks sleepless by night and day
    Fought nor gave ground
    They knew that with them lay
    That where men meet should meet one human race
    Carpenters who had built houses
    Wanted only to build more
    Painters who still painted pictures
    Wanted only to paint more
    Men who sang life strong in laughter
    Wanted only to sing more
    Men who planted wheat and cotton
    Wanted only to plant more
    Men who set the years in freedom
    Sure they would be slaves no more
    They spoke peace to their neighbours in tilling
    For in peace they would eat their bread
    Uzbeks, Tatars, Letts, Ukranians
    Russians, Muscovites, Armenians
    Who ringed forests wide around arctic
    Brought sands to blossom, tundras dressed for spring
    These kept faith in Stalin’s town
    We may not weep for those who silent now rest here
    Garland these graves
    These lives have garlanded all our remaining days with hope
    Stalingrad, oh star of glory
    Star of hope, here spread your flame
    Now when news broke that Stalingrad
    Still lives upon the banks of Volga
    That Stalingrad was still a Soviet town
    Then the turner flung his lathe light as a bird
    And the gaucho spread his riot in the pampas
    For this news of Stalingrad
    The tom-tom beat wild madness
    When the elders brought Palava these tidings out of Stalingrad
    The English housewife stopped her housework
    Held her child close and cried aloud
    Now all men will be free!
    And from Good Hope, black miners answered
    This will help us to be free!
    In the prison camps of Belsen
    Sick men rounded from their guards
    Now life was certain
    Soon all men would be free
    New light broke upon Africa
    New strength for her peoples
    New trength poured upon Asia
    New hope for her peoples
    America dreamed new dreams
    From the strength of her peoples
    New men arose in Europe
    New force for her peoples
    Once more they stand these men
    At lathe and spindle
    To recreate their hours and each new day
    Bid houses rise once more in Soviet country
    Men ring forests wide round arctic
    Move rivers into deserts
    And with high courage
    Breed new generations
    For still the land is theirs
    Uzbeks, Tatars, Letts, Armenians
    Caucasians, Muscovites, Crimeans
    Still they speak peace to their neighbours at tilling
    To all the wide world
    And men come near to listen
    Find by that day of Stalingrad
    That this voice is theirs
    Then Red Star spread your flame upon me
    For in your flame is earnest of my freedom
    Now may I rendezvous with the world
    Now may I join man’s wide-flung diversity
    For Stalingrad is still a Soviet town

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