Pashinyan rules out “unsolvable” road issues related to enclaves
YEREVAN, JUNE 2, ARMENPRESS. There’s no enclave that could create an unsolvable road problem for Armenia, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has said.
“On the political level, we proceed with the presumption that Kyarki was there,” Pashinyan said at a meeting with the Armenian community of Moldova on June 1 when asked whether Tigranashen belongs to Armenia or Azerbaijan under the 1975 map.
“We are saying that we should look into the legal grounds. Politically, if it turns out that it belongs to Azerbaijan by that map, then we don’t have any problem,” Pashinyan added.
It’s no fact that Azerbaijan would want to return Artsvashen and take Tigranashen, Pashinyan said.
The Prime Minister said he wouldn’t want the value of this issue to be overestimated.
“There’s no such enclave that could cause the kind of road problems for us that would be unsolvable. There’s no such issue. If the road can’t pass this way it will pass that way. There is no problem whatsoever. We are actually developing our road network in Armenia to such level that there is no unsolvable issue,” Pashinyan said.
Pashinyan warned that the enclave issue is being exploited to psychologically pressure the Armenian society.
“We are saying that on the political level we accept the enclaves, and they accept Artsvashen. Artsvashen is also an enclave. Assuming Azerbaijan wants that, thus we will take Artsvashen,” he said.
He added that there are many issues, for example how citizens must pass that road. Many issues must yet be agreed upon. PM Pashinyan warned that this issue should not become a tool for psychological pressure.