Armenian MP: Azerbaijan is trying to get rid of buffer zone through new route

Armenia – Aug 4 2022

MP Tigran Abrahamyan of the opposition Pativ Unem faction has reacted to the Armenian Foreign Ministry’s statement on the situation around the Lachin corridor.

“We consider unacceptable the statements of the Azerbaijani side attempting to unilaterally change the legal regime in the Lachin corridor defined by provision 6 of the trilateral statement, and reaffirm that the road passing through the Lachin corridor can be changed only according to the plan approved by the parties to the statement,” reads the statement.

Abrahamyan says the alternative route connecting Armenia to Artsakh which is under construction will be simply a road instead of a corridor.

“In the case of the corridor, a 5-kilometer-wide area was envisaged with 2.5 km sections on both sides of the road, which, in fact, also served as a buffer zone for security reasons,” the MP wrote on Facebook on Thursday.

“Demanding a shift to the new route, Azerbaijan is trying to get rid of the buffer zone, a layer of security, due to which, theoretically, Azerbaijani positions and personnel can be deployed at a distance of 5-10 meters from the road, which is excluded in case of the current corridor,” Abrahamyan said.