Terrorists disguised as refugees will no longer appear in Karabakh?

Terrorists disguised as refugees will no longer appear in Karabakh?

Today, Azerbaijani border guards did not allow three buses of the Armenian Defense Ministry to enter the territory of Azerbaijan, which wanted to get into the Lachin corridor to get to Khankendi. The border guards explained their actions by the fact that the trilateral statement does not contain a clause on the movement of Armenian troops through the territory of Azerbaijan. According to clause 6 of the statement by the presidents of Russia, Azerbaijan and the prime minister of Armenia to end the war in Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia was to return the Lachin region to Azerbaijan by December 1, and this point was fulfilled under the control of Russian peacekeepers.

The safe movement of civilian transport along the Lachin corridor is also ensured by Russian peacekeepers. They are checking cars going from Armenia to Karabakh, which, according to international law, is an integral part of Azerbaijan. As eyewitnesses testify, "blue helmets" behave respectfully towards passengers and car drivers. Naturally, both passengers and drivers are always in civilian clothes and without weapons.

However, in Baku, it is not without reason that the Armenian terrorist detachments, which recently attacked Azerbaijani servicemen and civilians in the liberated territories, in the villages of Chailaggala and Kohne Taglar, have infiltrated precisely through the Lachin corridor.

The fact is that in some cases unarmed people in civilian clothes moving through the "corridor of life" pretend to be refugees supposedly returning to Karabakh, and they already receive military uniforms and weapons in Khankendi.

Let us remind that the fourth paragraph of the already cited trilateral statement says: "The peacekeeping contingent of the Russian Federation is deployed in parallel with the withdrawal of the Armenian armed forces." On this basis, the above actions of the supporters of the occupation become a direct violation of the tripartite statement, and therefore its violators must be immediately punished.

Moreover, the fourth paragraph of the statement does not fit the preservation of the "Karabakh Defense Army", otherwise it would mean the preservation of a military organization, not subordinate to peacekeepers and hostile towards Azerbaijan. Logically, this structure should be immediately disbanded, and its weapons should be handed over to the Azerbaijani authorities and peacekeepers. Only in this case will the conditions for the safety and successful operation of the "blue helmets" be ensured.

In a word, not only tight control of vehicles and passengers in the Lachin corridor, but also their accountability to peacekeepers on the territory of Karabakh can prevent new armed people from appearing in the forests of Karabakh. Uncontrolled armed detachments are dangerous for both civilians and peacekeepers, so it would be advisable for "blue helmets" to conduct such checks together with Azerbaijani border guards, who are vitally interested in peace and stability on their territory.

According to information received from reliable sources, an understanding has already been reached between the Russian peacekeepers and the Azerbaijani border guards on this issue. Such a step will undoubtedly strengthen the image of the "blue helmets", because it is obvious to everyone that separatism is a dangerous threat to a multinational state, and in this the positions of the leadership of the Russian Federation and Azerbaijan coincide.

The desire of the refugees to return to their homes as soon as possible is understandable, but haste should not lead to a violation of the points of the tripartite statement. Today, supporters of the final settlement of the conflict proceed from the fact that former citizens of Azerbaijan should live in Karabakh - both Armenians and Azerbaijanis, but not Armenians resettled from the Middle East. Internally displaced persons and refugees, as stipulated in the seventh paragraph of the joint statement, are returning to the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh and adjacent areas under the control of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.


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