Armenia 'to open Lachin corridor linking Karabakh' for Azerbaijan thaw

Armenia will demilitarize and open the Lachin corridor that connects Karabakh to Armenia as a step for normalizing ties with Turkey, a Turkish daily said.

Armenia 'to open Lachin corridor linking Karabakh' for Azerbaijan thaw

World Bulletin / News Desk

Armenia will demilitarize and open the Lachin corridor that connects Karabakh to Armenia as a step for normalizing ties with Azerbaijan, a Turkish daily said on Saturday.

Outside of the protocol between Turkey and Armenia, important steps have been taken on the solution of Karabakh conflict. The Lachin corridor connecting Karabakh to Armenia will be demilitarized and opened to the world by Yerevan, Turkish daily Yenisafak said.

After a step that establishes diplomatic relations between Turkey and Armenia, important steps have taken on the solution of the Nagorno-Karabakh problem.

According to diplomatic sources, OSCE will send an observation team for technical examination of the Lachin corridor in Karabakh in the second half of September to the region.

Observation team's mission report will note strategic importance of the Lachin corridor to provide the link between Karabakh and Armenia. It will expressed that Armenian troops' withrawal from five regions of the seven as important as to open the Lachin corridor in the process of solution.

According to the roadmap for the solution of the Karabakh problem, the new crossing point is expected to be the Commonwealth of Independent States Summit on Oct. 5-7.

Azeri land has been under Armenian occupation in early 1990s in which nearly 30,000 people died and 2 million were forced to flee their homes. Shootings between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces in the region remain common despite a 1994 cease fire.

Fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the area ended in 1994 when a ceasefire was signed. The two sides are still technically at war because no peace treaty has been signed.

Turkey's ties with Armenia

Turkey and Armenia announced a roadmap to normalise ties in April. But Turkey has since said it would not open the frontier until Armenia withdraws from occupied Nagorno-Karabakh.

A joint statement issued by Turkey, Armenia, and Switzerland on Aug. 31 said that Turkey and Armenia agreed to start their internal political consultations on the establishment of diplomatic ties and development of bilateral relations.

The statement said internal political consultations over two protocols, which had been agreed on under Swiss mediation, would be completed within six weeks which would be followed by ratification at Turkish and Armenian parliaments.
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