Yeghishe Kirakosyan

Armenia Sends Letter to ICC over Azerbaijani Checkpoint in Lachin Corridor

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YEREVAN (Public Radio of Armenia) — Armenia has sent a letter to the International Court of Justice (ICC), the legal body of the United Nations, over the establishment of Azerbaijani checkpoint in the Lachin corridor, Armenia’s representative on international legal matters Yeghishe Kirakosyan said.

According to him, the establishment of the checkpoint is unequivocally a violation of the UN Court’s decision of February 22. Back then the ICC ruled that Azerbaijan should take all measures at its disposal to ensure unimpeded movement of persons, vehicles and cargo along the Lachin Corridor in both directions.

“We sent the letter about the violation to the International Court of Justice this morning. The Court will forward the letter to Azerbaijan, and Azerbaijan will submit its answer, after which we will inform you about the process, because there may be different developments,” Kirakosyan said.

“In the letter we have presented the situation in the Lachin corridor, informing that a checkpoint has been set up, that Azerbaijan is taking concrete actions to block the road, while before it would speak about so-called demonstrators, although no one believed that,” he said.

According to him, the next logical step is to raise the issue in the UN Security Council.

“Taking the issue to the UN Security Council is a bit of a political process. The involvement of our colleagues from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is important here, because we’ll need to conduct political consultations with member states, the permanent and non-permanent members to be able to bring the issue to the agenda,” he said.

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On Sunday, April 23, Azerbaijan set up a checkpoint on the only road in or out of the Artsakh Republic, in gross violation of the provisions of the tripartite statement of November 9, 2020.

 

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