President Ilham Aliyev actively promotes a new era in the Caucasus – an era of peace and cooperation

April 30, 2022 6:10 p.m. (UTC+04:00)

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By Tendency

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev actively promotes a new era in the Caucasus – an era of peace and cooperation, Tendency reports.

Recently, the Armenian government accepted the five fundamental principles put forward by Azerbaijan. In addition, within the framework of Azerbaijan’s proposal, Armenia agreed to establish a joint working group with it to initiate the process of border demarcation.

It was an important reflection of recent events, which also showed that today, a year and a half after the second Karabakh war in 2020, the Armenian leadership understands the need for peace.

If a peace treaty is signed and the above basic principles are practically realized, then peace in the Caucasus will become lasting and lasting.

A researcher from the Center for Central Asian and Caucasian Studies of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Stas Pritchin, commenting on these issues, said that the peace treaty between Azerbaijan and Armenia was a milestone.

According to Pritchin, at the same time, it is necessary to solve the problems of the border and the communications which will connect the two countries.

“This is due to the fact that in political terms the agreement forms common approaches to the principles of settlement, and since for 30 years there have been no agreements between the countries which usually regulate economic relations, it It is clear that this vacuum must be filled in order to push the relationship towards development economically,” he noted.

The expert also noted that in addition to opening borders and creating infrastructure, there is also a need to create a legal framework between the two countries.

“A lot of work needs to be done for this. Nevertheless, more pragmatic approaches to building relations with Azerbaijan are already visible on the Armenian side. This opens huge opportunities to enter into post-conflict development,” Pritchin added.

Speaking about the importance of the Declaration on Allied Cooperation between Russia and Azerbaijan, the expert noted that in general, it actually reflects both the nature and the spirit of relations between the two countries.

“At the legal and regulatory level, the statement essentially consolidates the spirit of the current relations between Russia and Azerbaijan, those common interests of cooperation and the nature of our current relations that have shaped more than 30 years of independence from the Azerbaijan,” he said.

According to Pritchin, the aspects specified in the statement show that it is comprehensive in terms of subject matter and also prescribes security issues.

“Speaking at ADA University on April 29 [during international conference on “South Caucasus Development & Cooperation”]President Ilham Aliyev mentioning the statement on allied cooperation between Russia and Azerbaijan in the context of the Shusha statement [between Azerbaijan and Turkey]did not equalize them, but noted that these two documents are essential for Azerbaijan, and that Turkey and Russia are key foreign political and economic partners of Azerbaijan,” the expert concluded.

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