STEPANAKERT AGREES WITH KAZAKH PRESIDENT CLAIMING THAT ARMENIA MUST INTEGRATE INTO EAU WITH ITS PRESENT BORDERS

by Marianna Lazarian

Friday, May 30, 13:59

"I strongly agree with the statement by Kazakh President Nursultan
Nazabayev saying that Armenia must join the Eurasian Economic Union
(EAU) within the borders it joined WTO," Spokesperson of NKR Foreign
Ministry David Babayan told ArmInfo. According to Babayan, Armenia is
a sovereign state participating in political and economic projects
and it must integrate into projects within its borders. He does not
understand why should Nazarbayev's statement arouse such hot debates
in the Armenian public.

"The Nagorno Karabakh Republic and the Republic of Armenia are two
independent and sovereign states, why should Armenia integrate into
any structure together with NKR? In his speech Nazarbayev said that
Armenia must join the EAU within the same borders it joined WTO.

Nothing threatened NKR when Armenia accessed WTO. I think, nothing
will threaten NKR also when Armenia accesses EAU," Babayan said.

As for possible opening of border crossings between Armenia and NKR,
Babayan thinks it unlikely.

To recall, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said on the heels of
a Supreme Eurasian Economic Council meeting in Astana, Kazakhstan,
Thursday, that Armenia is ready to sign the Treaty on Eurasian Economic
Union before June 15. President of Russia Vladimir Putin said that
the document can be signed no sooner than on 1 July, as Armenia is
yet to fulfill some commitments. President of Kazakhstan Nursultan
Nazarbayev, in turn, said Azerbaijan claims that Armenia can join
the Eurasian Economic Union (EAU) within the same borders it joined
the World Trade Organization (WTO). We have received the Azerbaijani
president's letter saying that Armenia joined WTO with a reservation
that the provisions must apply to the territory of Armenia within
its international borders recognized by the UN. It is an issue for
discussion," the Kazakh president said. President of Armenia made no
statement in response.

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