Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan while speaking at the
UN General Assembly in New York touched on the delimitation maps as
well as the recent tensions on the border and Armenia's lack of
military support from its allies, Trend reports.
Much of Pashinyan's 20-minute speech focused on President of
Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev's statement on delimitation maps during his
visit to Lachin.
President Ilham Aliyev's speech in Lachin and Pashinyan's
fear-filled confession at the UN.
“After the end of the Second Karabakh War, Azerbaijan came to
the borders. If Armenia is trying to accuse Azerbaijan of invading
their territory, this has no basis. First, if the border was where
they say it was, then Armenia would have laid the border, created
border lines, and communications, and conducted engineering works.
Armenia thought that all of Karabakh and Zangazur would stay with
them. That's why they didn't do any work on the
Azerbaijani-Armenian border. That is, without delimitating the
border, no one will be able to say where it runs from. Once again,
I would like to say that Azerbaijan is ready for discussions and it
takes the Azerbaijani-Armenian delimitation commissions
responsibly. I want to say once again that Azerbaijan has collected
the maps of the previous period, including those of the XIX and XX
centuries, and these maps openly show who is on what land. So
without delimitation, no one can accuse Azerbaijan,' President
Ilham Aliyev said.
From what the Armenian Prime Minister said from the UN podium,
it's clear that President Ilham Aliyev's speech caused him serious
concern, literally frightening him. Pashinyan's speech made it
clear that he doesn't know exactly where the borders of the country
he represents begin and end. If Pashinyan didn't have concerns and
fears about Armenia's historical past, and its 'borders' in the XIX
century, he wouldn't have addressed his question to President Ilham
“I ask an official and public question to the President of
Azerbaijan: can you show me the map of Armenia, which you recognize
or are ready to recognize as the Republic of Armenia? Why do I ask
this question? Because it may turn out that from the point of view
of Azerbaijani officials only half of Armenia and even less is the
Republic of Armenia,' Pashinyan said.
Thus, the Armenian Prime Minister acknowledged that the
territories in which Armenia currently exists, including the
capital Yerevan, were once the lands of Azerbaijan. Pashinyan knows
that Azerbaijan can prove this with historical maps and documents.
For this reason, Pashinyan is interested in having the delimitation
carried out on maps dating back to the period of independence,
which is what he said during his speech at the UN.
“If Azerbaijan would recognize the territorial integrity of
Armenia not theoretically but actually, I mean the integrity of
Armenia internationally recognized territory of 29,800 square
kilometers, it would mean that Armenia could sign a peace treaty,'
As President Ilham Aliyev said in his speech after raising
Azerbaijani flag in Lachin, Azerbaijan prepared both maps of the XX
century as well as maps of the XIX century and worked on the
delimitation of these maps is being carried out.
Azerbaijan's Resolute Position and Armenia's new provocative
Pashinyan's speech on delimitation maps full of fear reinforces
the assumption that Armenia isn't interested in the delimitation
process and will seek to delay the process. What does Armenia need
to delay this process? A pretext for new military provocations, of
It's clear from Pashinyan's speech at the UN that Armenia is
interested in new provocations. His accusation of Azerbaijan's
'attack on Armenia's territory' and a statement about a 'threat of
a new attack' raise the possibility that Armenia is working on
implementing new provocation. Let's remember that during the
Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, speaking about the
geopolitical processes in the world, Pashinyan said that tensions
could arise in the South Caucasus and at the same time the Armenian
side was intensively violating the ceasefire on the border.
A few days after his return from Vladivostok, the Armenian army
attempted a large-scale provocation on the border with Azerbaijan
and was forced to retreat because it received a harsh response.
Pashinyan seems to want to repeat the events that occurred in the
first half of September. He is sending a message with military
tension from both New York and Vladivostok, and amid that the
Armenian side is violating the ceasefire almost every day.
The news about a 'new war' circulated by the Armenian media,
Armenia's negotiations about the urgent purchase of weapons from
Western countries, as well as the involvement of ordinary citizens
in military exercises and their training in combat skills, show
that Armenia is preparing for revenge. Amid Armenia's military
preparations, Pashinyan's speech at the UN raises the possibility
of military provocation. It appears that Armenia is deliberately
violating the ceasefire while Pashinyan is in New York in order to
encourage Azerbaijan to retaliate and draw the attention of
Armenia's Western protectors to the region by making Azerbaijan
look like an 'aggressor'.
Pashinyan's messages from the UN and attempts to evade
punishment from Russian officials.
Pashinyan while speaking at the UN General Assembly also
complained about the indifference of allies to the issue of
Armenia's security, saying that Armenian society has developed a
distrust of the military bloc of the Collective Security Treaty
Organization (CSTO), of which the country is a member.
“This situation raised many questions in Armenian society,” he
Despite the fact that Armenia after the latest military clashes
on the border asked for help from the CSTO, the organization was
content to send a mission to the border. The dissatisfaction of the
CSTO with the request for military assistance caused protests in
Armenia. The protesters demand that Armenian officials withdraw
from the CSTO. It's clear from the processes in the region and
Yerevan's political behavior that Moscow is the addressee of
Pashinyan's remarks about allies in the CSTO from the UN podium
As Armenia's military ally hasn't lived up to its expectations,
the resentment of Armenian society against Russia has grown.
Pashinyan is trying to capitalize on this by sending a message to
Russia that 'the Armenian people demand withdrawal from the
military bloc, which has not fulfilled its obligations to the
country. Pashinyan is emphasizing the position of society rather
than his own on this issue, trying to show that calls to leave the
military bloc are a social order. Pashinyan wants to protect
himself from the anger of Russian officials by shifting the
responsibility to the Armenian society.
Pashinyan also acknowledged through his statements at the UN
about allies that neither his team nor Armenian society believes in
the Russian military and political institutions and that Armenia
has already turned to the West. But what military, economic, and
political resources does Armenia's political leadership relies on
to go against its master?
Pashinyan's fiery speech at the UN seems to have been motivated
by promises of the military, political, and economic aid from U.S.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a couple of standard statements from
Europe during the border tensions. However, the reality is quite
different. Armenia is a state dependent on Russia both politically,
militarily and economically, and its move toward hostile relations
with Russia is nothing more than a suicide attempt. Armenia is
isolated in the region, doesn't give up its territorial claims
against Azerbaijan, and evades the delimitation of borders and the
construction of the Zangazur corridor, which in general doesn't
bode well for the Armenian state and its people.
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