Statement of the Human Rights Defender of Armenia Arman Tatoyan on the unacceptable method of determining the new borders with Azerbaijan via GPS. Tatoyan thinks that the rights of the residents of the regions are being violated.

President Armenak Abrahamyan reminds that Arman Tatoyan’s position is legal at the level of international law, that the actions of Turkey and Azerbaijan are criminal acts against the Armenian population, which must be put pressure on.

It is time for Armenians around the world to defend the territorial integrity of Armenia, including the state of Western Armenia.

1) Justifying Azerbaijani deployments in the vicinity of Syunik and Gegharkunig provinces and on the Syunik roads by a reliance upon Soviet Armenia or Azerbaijan borders of the 1970s, 1980s, 1940s (for example, 1975-1976, 1985, 1942), or other maps and GPS data is impermissible.

As sovereign states, there has never been a demarcation or delimitation between Armenia and Azerbaijan, and furthermore no international document on this matters has been signed.

2) What happened in the Soviet Union was not determination of state borders between two sovereign states, Armenia and Azerbaijan, but administrative division of borders between two subjects within one sovereign state – the USSR. Soviet maps are just that.

Case in point is why the 1920s maps are not referenced in connection with the border process these days.

3) The process of determining the state borders of the Republic of Armenia cannot be cross-referenced with the administrative-territorial division. These are phenomena which are completely different from one another;

4) The borders and maps of the First Republic of Armenia cannot be ignored in the process of determining state borders of the Republic of Armenia today. This requires the imperative of a real guarantee of the rights of citizens, population of the Republic of Armenia;

5) Today’s deployments by Azerbaijan have been carried out in gross and massive violations of international, including human rights standards, under the real threat of war and use of force and in the context of Azerbaijani open genocidal policy;

6) The process of determining state borders may not undermine normal life of border population or cause rights and legitimate interests of the citizen of the state, including the right to life and physical safety, the safe living of children, the cultivation of one’s own land, and the full enjoyment of water resources, pastures and grasslands;

These points are among the key factors guaranteeing rights and normal life of RA citizens and its border population.

Arman Tatoyan

The Human Rights Defender of Armenia