Toivo Klaar: Any road that goes through Armenian territory should be controlled by Armenia
November 20 2023, 13:36
Speaking with Armenpress, EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia, Toivo Klaar, noted that it is quite logical that any road, any railway that goes through Armenian territory is controlled by Armenia.
“I think that, a few months ago [in May 2023], in Moscow, President Aliyev very clearly said publicly on television, in a meeting that they had with Prime Minister Pashinyan in the presence of President Putin, that naming it a ‘corridor’ doesn’t imply extra-territoriality.
President Aliyev has said—also on other occasions in smaller settings—that this does not imply extra-territoriality. Yes, calling it a corridor, as you know, we say transport corridors in reference to different corridors that we have in Europe and we never imply extra-territoriality.
So, obviously, from our perspective, it is quite logical that any road, any railway that goes through Armenian territory is controlled by Armenia, or any road or railway that goes through Azerbaijani territory or goes through, I don’t know, German territory, is controlled by the country in question. So, that is absolutely the one and only logical arrangement.
And what is also very legitimate is, for instance, in this case, Azerbaijan, to want to have an assurance that Azerbaijani citizens and cargo crossing Armenian territory will be safe and secure. That is perfectly logical and normal. But how that is being done in terms of how it is ensured is the responsibility of the Armenian authorities,” he said.