Aliyev Claims Armenia Azerbaijan Agreed to Land Exchange

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–The Azeri news agency "Turan" reported today that Haydar Aliyev was ready to exchange Lachin and Meghri corridors with Armenia during Paris Talks last Year. The agreement on exchange of corridors has been reached when Azeri and Armenian presidents met with French President Jacques Chirac in Paris in March of 2001. Haydar Aliyev disclosed the details of Paris agreement during his meeting with newly appointed OSCE French co-chairman Hugues Pernet in Baku today–"Turan reports.

"In process of the negotiations in Paris–a number of agreemen’s was reached: opening of Meghri corridor between Azerbaijan and Nakhichevan in exchange for the Lachin corridor between Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh. It was stated during discussions–that Meghri would be under sovereign control of Azerbaijan–as Lachin corridor under control of Armenia"–Aliyev said–claiming that French president Chirac has strongly supported the deal. Azerbaijan has repeatedly denied the existence of Paris agreemen’s.

Aliyev claimed that the Armenian side violated Paris agreement during negotiations in Key West and as a result the negotiations broke down. Azeri President blamed Armenia for "misleading the world community and violating Paris principles".

Turan quotes Aliyev as saying that he is ready to resume Nagorno-Karabakh talks "once Paris principles are restored".


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