PROBLEMS OF ARMENIA’S SECURITY AND LIFTING ITS BLOCKADE WILL BE SOLVED AFTER MAKING CLEAR ARMENIAN BORDERS, ARA PAPIAN CONSIDERS
A discussion on the subject "The problem of RA borders according
to the international law" was organized on July 29 by the Armenian
Center for National and International Studies.
According to Ara Papian, the head of the Modus Vivendi center for
sociological studies, Armenia’s borders need to be made clear, as
a result of which the problems of security and lifting of blockade
faced by Armenia will be solved, as well as new possibilities for
Nagorno Karabakh problem settlement will be created.
A. Papian said that he mainly means clarification of Armenian-Turkish,
Armenian-Azeri, and Armenian-Georgian borders. According to him, the
Armenian-Tirkish border was clarified during the Paris Assembly in
February 1920. However, indeed it was not fulfilled due to Armenia’s
not being a subject of international law. A. Papian said that today’s
de facto border has been created as a result of the cease-fire
agreement signed between Kemalists and Bolsheviks. While the border,
which has been stipulated internationally, is the one drawn by 28th
U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, which passes through the states of
former Ottoman Empire, Van, Bitlis, Erzrum, Trapison.
According to Ara Papian, though the borders of Armenia with Azerbaijan
and Georgia have not been clarified with a special report during
the Assembly, the principle was stipulated, according to which the
demarcation was to be done. In particular, all territories populated
by Armenians were to pass to Armenia, those populated with Georgians
to Georgia, those populated with Tatars to Azerbaijan. Therefore, it
becomes obvious that not only NKR is de jure an Armenian territory,
but also a considerable part of field Karabakh.
Subsequently, according to A. Papian, Azeris cannot certify Armenians’
not having settled in that territory. He also added that any interstate
problem should be solved on the basis of the international law.