Armenia's Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan reminded that connection with the illegal blockade of the Lachin corridor Armenia applied urgently to the The International Court of Justice, to asking for the court to oblige Azerbaijan to stop the illegal blockade of the Lachin corridor, in the frameworks of The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), and Armenia vs Azerbaijan case.
"On January 4 of this year, Azerbaijan filed a mirror claim against Armenia, which referred to the alleged deposing of the mines.
The court published his decisions yesterday, satisfying the demand of Armenia and rejecting the demand of Azerbaijan.
By the decision of a legitimate legal force, the court ordered Azerbaijan to take all the measures to guarantee the uninterrupted movement of citizens, vehicles and cargo through the Lachin corridor in both directions.
The court stressed that his decision is mandatory for Azerbaijan", Pashinyan said.
According to the Prime Minister, this was a very important decision. He touched upon the political influence and significance of that decision.
"The International Court of Justice has observed that the Lachin corridor has been closed since December 12, 2022. This may seem strange to our public in the sense that the closure of the Lachin corridor is obvious to all of us, but Azerbaijan claimed that the Lachin corridor was not closed. Did the representatives of the international community believe or not, it's another matter. But Azerbaijan's practice to mislead the international community was recorded by the World High Court.
The second important thing is that the court noted the responsibility of the Azerbaijani state for the closure of the Lachin corridor, not considering closing the corridor by "eco-activists" and obliged Azerbaijan to open the corridor.
The next record. The court reaffirmed the position of the Republic of Armenia that the Lachin corridor should not be under the control of Azerbaijan, based on November 9, 2020 agreement, and Azerbaijan must guarantee the safety of citizens, vehicles and cargo from Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenia and from Armenia to Nagorno-Karabakh. And the Lachin corridor should be under the control of the Russian peacekeeping force.
In fact, the court observed that this is Azerbaijan's international obligation.
Another important circumstance is the fact that the court clearly recorded the existence of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, according to the trilateral statement from November 9, 2020, and its provisions, including the existence of Nagorno-Karabakh and the line of contact.
At the same time, the court noted that the supplies of food and medicines and other first necessities of the Lachin corridor were limited for ethnic Armenians, a number of vital, medical services also dirupted, thus confirming the existence of a humanitarian crisis in Nagorno-Karabakh" , Pashinyan said.
According to Pashinyan, the court considered that Armenia did not provide sufficient evidence that Azerbaijan is the culprit of the cessations of natural gas and electricity supplies in Nagorno-Karabakh.
"Of course, the reason for such a situation is that the locket of the pipeline supplying gas to Nagorno-Karabakh is in a non-accessible place for Armenia. The same can be said about the electric power lines. Armenia has not been able to present undeniable evidence here. But this also means that when we can get direct evidence, we will be able to turn to the court again on that basis, and the probability that the court will satisfy this lawsuit will be high. At the moment, although, the gas supply to Nagorno-Karabakh is fully restored", Pashinyan said.