Tajik, Armenian leaders hold phone talks over situation along Armenian-Azerbaijani border

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Armenian Prime Minister, who is rotating chairman of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), informed Emomali Rahmon about the current situation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border.

For his part, Tajik leader called on both parties to adhere to the agreements reached and resolve all disputes and conflicts only by political and diplomatic means.

According to media reports, tensions have again boiled over between Armenia and Azerbaijan, with multiple exchanges of fire in recent days. The incidents come as the two sides are reportedly close to reaching long-awaited agreements to demarcate their border and to open new transportation routes between the two countries.

Armenian officials said that much of the fighting took place inside its territory, but did not specify a precise area. Many Armenian media reported that it was near the lake Sev Lich in the Syunik region, where Azerbaijani soldiers crossed the border in May and have reportedly remained since then..

While Azerbaijan has claimed that this new round of fighting was set off by Armenian “provocations” along the border. Azerbaijani analysts reportedly suggest that it was instigated by Baku in order to force Yerevan to sign new agreements, on border demarcation and new cross-border transportation routes, in support of last year’s ceasefire agreement.

Meanwhile Eurasianet says technically there is no border between the two countries in the absence of a bilateral agreement, and they are currently negotiating on a formal demarcation of their shared border. But the two sides have reportedly already come to a de facto agreement based on Soviet maps, most visible on the road through southern Armenia that passes through some slices of Azerbaijani territory.

Source: Asia-Plus