By Heghine Buniatian
PRAGUE (RFE/RL) — Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan still sees a “huge difference” between the wording of a draft peace agreement for Armenia and Azerbaijan and the two sides’ positions despite reported progress in bilateral talks hosted by the United States this week.
In an exclusive interview with RFE/RL’s Armenian Service on May 5, Pashinyan said the key differences concern not only Nagorno-Karabakh but also territorial and security guarantees.
“We are still unable to reach agreement in the draft peace agreement on the wording that will give us confidence that Azerbaijan recognizes 29,800 square kilometers of Armenia” within its Soviet-era borders, he said.
Pashinyan also highlighted the need for guarantees as “any agreement, even the most unambiguously written one, allows for interpretations.”
Pashinyan, who spoke with RFE/RL while on a two-day official visit to Prague, referred to the draft bilateral Agreement on Peace and Establishment of Interstate Relations that was discussed by Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan and his Azerbaijani counterpart, Jeyhun Bayramov, during the U.S.-sponsored talks.