Armenia touts 3km demilitarized zone with Azerbaijan

Armenia touts 3km demilitarized zone with Azerbaijan

PanARMENIAN.Net - Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has weighed in on a proposal submitted to Azerbaijan regarding the demilitarization of the border between the two countries.

According to him, the Armenian side has proposed creating a 3km demilitarized zone, which means that the armies of the two countries should be withdrawn from the area, and the protection of the border should be entrusted to the border guard troops.

"We have made the same offer as in 2020, a more detailed one. If we accept the border line of 1991 -- and it was registered in Prague and Sochi that we do accept it -- then we should mutually withdraw the troops from the border line. Armenia should not have troops beyond that line, Azerbaijan should not have troops here. Armenia proposes to withdraw troops from the 1991 border," Pashinyan said in an interview with the Public TV on Friday, November 11.

The Prime Minister added that Armenia has also made some technical proposals on how to arrange the withdrawal so that people's normal life is not disrupted, and no security threats are created.

Pashinyan said that Armenia had at first proposed that Russia carry out the monitoring, but Azerbaijan had not accepted the proposal. Now, Pashinyan said, Yerevan has proposed that the monitoring be ensured either by Russia, the CSTO, the OSCE, the EU, or another party.

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