Baku’s unilateral decision to set up a checkpoint on the Berdzor road truly contradicts efforts to build confidence between the parties. 

The EU High Commissioner for Foreign Policy and Security Affairs, Joseph Borrel, made such a statement during the European Parliament hearings on relations between the Armenia-Baku authorities and the situation on the Berdzor road, noting that the area is not the responsibility of the EU mission. “But we are currently trying to find a solution to this specific problem. Don’t say we’re doing nothing. Just a few days ago, an important meeting was held with the French President, the German Chancellor and the President of the EU Council in Moldavia. Another meeting will be held in Brussels in July. In other words, we’re doing everything we can on the diplomatic front”, said Borel.

Referring to the checkpoint set up at the start of the Berdzor road, Borel said that all pressure was being exerted through the UN structure so that there would be no blockade and people and goods could enter and leave Artsakh. “The EU mission can’t stop this checkpoint. We simply don’t stand a chance. This is not an armed mission. 

The mission is part of the peace process, but not a substitute for it. The only solution will be diplomatic. And if there is a solution, it will be within the framework of the negotiations that are underway”, said the commissioner. 

The government of Western Armenia has repeatedly referred to statements made by the European Parliament, which since its 1987 declaration has been partly responsible for what is happening today on Armenian territory.

We once again call on international organizations and UN structures to adhere to the principles of the UN Charter and fundamental human rights, and to adopt a more resolute policy. Artsakh and the people of Artsakh are fighting for the rights of all humanity, especially indigenous peoples.