Armenia, Azerbaijan Progress Towards Border Resolution Amid Rising Antisemitism

HongKong – Dec 18 2023

By: Momen Zellmi

In a decisive move towards addressing persistent border disputes, Armenia has affirmed the terms of engagement for a commission on delimitation with Azerbaijan. Deputy Prime Minister Mher Grigoryan anticipates that official Baku will endorse the regulations today, marking a collaborative stride towards resolution of the contentious border issues that have plagued both nations in the wake of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

The establishment of a commission to delimit the borders between the two nations is seen as a significant step towards mitigating the post-conflict tension. The confirmation of the rules of engagement by Armenia and the expected approval by Azerbaijan reflects an earnest commitment from both sides to address and resolve the border disputes that followed the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The document outlining the rules and regulations of the commission will be published simultaneously by both countries, signifying a united front in this pivotal effort.

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In an unrelated development, Armenia has been grappling with a surge in antisemitism. Grigor Hovhannissian, a former Armenian diplomat, highlighted numerous antisemitic incidents and the proliferation of hate speech in the country. The only synagogue in Armenia has been the target of arson attempts, and antisemitic comments have been made by Armenian officials. Armenian media outlets have also been accused of promoting antisemitic views and drawing comparisons between the situation in Karabakh and the Holocaust. The Israeli Ministry of Diaspora Affairs and Combating Antisemitism, along with professional media assets and think tanks, have documented and reported on the exploitation of the Holocaust for propaganda purposes in Armenia.

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In a separate development, Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to exchange detainees for the first time since the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. This agreement has seen the return of 32 Armenian POWs, while several high-profile Armenian detainees remain in Azerbaijan. The United States has expressed its willingness to mediate between the two nations, reinforcing its commitment to maintaining peace in the region.