Artsakh lawmaker warns of Azerbaijan’s ‘intensifying military rhetoric’  

13:16 • 23.07.18



Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) need to accelerate the signing of the mutual politico-military cooperation pact in the light of Azerbaijan’s intensifying military rhetoric, according to Vardges Baghryan, the leader of the Democracy faction in Nagorno-Karabakh’s National Assembly.


In an interview with Tert.am, the politician said they find the document extremely important as a specific guideline "outlining the legal frameworks of cooperation".


“The need for such a pact was high on the agenda for quite a long period. We were in active dialogues after the April 2016 war; two years have passed ever since, but no deal has been finalized as yet. Of course, we do not expect that kind of agreement to tell Armenia and Artsakh what to do [should a war ever erupt], but that’s just a very important factor in terms of our relations in the legal domain,” he told Tert.am.


Meantime, Baghryan admitted that the two Armenian republics have been long developing an active legal-contractual cooperation on different levels and in different fields. “But what we are speaking of now is another kind of agreement in essence, a document proposing a different level [of cooperation]. The obligations between the two states need to be agreed verbally but also in the form of a document, i.e. – in a legitimate way so to speak. Armenia has repeatedly stated - and still keeps on saying - that should Azerbaijan ever commit an encroachment, Armenia will guarantee is owns security. Yet we need to have all that clearly worded in a document,” he added.

Tigranuhi Martirosyan





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