Azerbaijani Politics 25 november — 15:24

Matviyenko to Gafarova: Borders between Azerbaijan and Armenia should be established on basis of Soviet maps

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Exactly one year has passed since the signing of the agreement on the cessation of hostilities in the Karabakh region. The leaders of the three states (Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia) had the wisdom to sign the document in order to stop the bloodshed and move on to a peaceful dialogue. But the negotiation process is progressing slowly, keeping the region tense. According to Russian media, this was stated by the Speaker of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Valentina Matviyenko during a bilateral meeting at the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly in St. Petersburg with the Speaker of the Azerbaijani Parliament Sahiba Gafarova.

According to the speaker of the upper house of the Russian parliament, the main task today is the delimitation (determination) of the border in such a way that no one has a desire to resume hostilities.

'Russia has offered assistance, given that the maps of the Soviet period are kept only by us at the Ministry of Defence. They are calibrated, precise and define the exact boundaries between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Negotiations can be confidently based on these maps, and Armenia and Azerbaijan support this approach... there is understanding and agreement, but the process is progressing slowly. Because of this, a certain tension continues,' said Matviyenko, stressing that the Russian Federation is interested in 'a peaceful, stable South Caucasus and the peaceful life of people' and will do everything necessary for this.

In turn, Sahiba Gafarova assured that Azerbaijan is also 'aimed at peace and stability' in Karabakh, without which it is impossible to talk about a peaceful and stable existence of the entire South Caucasus. 'We see how the world community is expanding, and at the same time we understand that in a narrow sense it is now impossible to talk about the development of any of the countries of our region separately -- some kind of interconnection and cooperation are required. All this is impossible without the establishment of peace,' said the head of the Azerbaijani parliament.

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