A road across Kelbadjar (Karvachar). Photo by Alvard Grigoryan for the "Caucasian Knot"

25 January 2021, 16:31

Armenian political analysts assess chances of traffic resumption through Azerbaijan

The resumption of traffic from Armenia to Nagorno-Karabakh across the territory controlled by Azerbaijan should be a subject of discussion at the talks on the Karabakh conflict, political analyst Armen Vardanyan believes. A weighty argument in the above case may be the positive experience of the movement of Armenians along the Lachin corridor and Azerbaijanis through the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh to Kelbadjar and Shusha, political commentator Naira Airumyan notes.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on January 18, in Nagorno-Karabakh, activists held a protest action and asked the peacekeepers to provide residents of the unrecognized republic with an opportunity to go to Armenia through the territory controlled by Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan could thereby reduce political confrontation and speed up the settlement of the conflict, political analysts suggest.

According to Naira Airumyan, the road from Nagorno-Karabakh through Vardenis is much more comfortable, and many people preferred the road before the war.

Political analyst Armen Vardanyan, the editor-in-chief of the "Orakarg.am" portal, believes that Armenia should raise the issue of unblocking the traffic through Karvachar.

Lika Zakharyan, a journalist from Nagorno-Karabakh, doubts that Baku will agree to unblock the traffic through Karvachar. "This is not just a road, but another corridor to Armenia. The Azerbaijani side uses the roads of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh, – note of the 'Caucasian Knot'), but Azerbaijanis do not want to give anything in return," Lika Zakharyan explained.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on January 24, 2021 at 07:29 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Tigran Petrosyan; Source: CK correspondent

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