The President of the Council of Europe, Charles Michel, made these remarks after a trilateral meeting with the leaders of the Republic of Armenia and Azerbaijan.  The Council of Europe President noted: “They focused on moving towards the normalization of relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The leaders share the desire to build peace in the South Caucasus. I highly appreciate their joint efforts. We reviewed together all the issues on the agenda. On the border issues, we reviewed the progress and next steps in the border demarcation. In this context, the leaders agreed to resume bilateral talks on border issues. The leaders reiterated their firm commitment to the 1991 Amlati Declaration and the territorial integrity of the Republic of Armenia (29,800 square kilometers) and Azerbaijan (86,600 square kilometers). The final demarcation of the border will be decided through negotiations”.

Referring to the above statement, the government of Western Armenia would like to remind once again that the Azerbaijani state did not occupy Artsakh and Nakhichevan, which were part of Western Armenia at the time of its establishment. Speaking of the fact that Mr. Charles Michel may not be aware of our legal case, we would like to draw your attention to the fact that the indigenous Armenian people of Artsakh, which gained its independence within Armenia in 1920 on the basis of the Sevres Treaty, had already declared in 1991.  It is not possible to play the independence of the Baku authorities and the Alma-Ata Declaration. A decisive role in determining the borders between the Armenian state and the Baku authorities must also take into account the decades of massacres in this region, which have changed the demographic structure of the region. We urge all international courts to look first at the real legal facts and to make statements only on legal grounds.