STEPANAKERT—Artsakh’s Prime Minister Ara Harutyunyan has said that Armenia’s approaching membership in the Eurasian Economic Union is not a reason for separating the two Armenian republics by a customs checkpoint.
“A customs checkpoint between Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia is ruled out. It isn’t possible to have a checkpoint, as that would imply a border control by defense guards, whereas it isn’t technically feasible to maintain control over the scores of roadways which connect Nagorno-Karabakh with Armenia,” Ara Harutyunyan told students at Artsakh State University.
The Prime Minister visited the University on Wednesday together with Minister of Education and Science Slava Asryan to meet with students and faculty members.
The meeting, among other things, addressed social issues, including salary policies and possible government plans of raising transport fares.
Addressing the University’s role in the country’s economy, Harutyunyan expressed his dissatisfaction with the graduates’ professional quality. He noted that students majoring in mining industries, telecommunication, energy and agriculture do not have a sufficient level of interest in their field of specialization.