No:352/23, Press release on the meeting of Jeyhun Bayramov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan with the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Delegation in Azerbaijan Dragana Kojic
On June 24, 2023, a meeting took place between Jeyhun Bayramov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and Dragana Kojic, Head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Delegation in Azerbaijan.
The issues of cooperation between Azerbaijan and the ICRC, the situation on the Lachin road, as well as the work of the ICRC in Khankendi, Azerbaijan, were discussed during the meeting.
Regarding the situation on the operation of the Lachin border checkpoint, Minister Jeyhun Bayramov noted that after the establishment of the checkpoint, relevant conditions were created for the transparent, safe, and well-regulated passage of Armenian residents in both directions on a daily basis, and, since April 23, the passage of hundreds of Armenian residents has been ensured.
The establishment of normal communication between the border guards of Azerbaijan and Armenian residents resulted in the opening of fire at the checkpoint on June 15 by Armenia, which could not digest this process, thus hindering the safe passage through the Lachin border checkpoint.
It was noted that Azerbaijan is currently taking measures to investigate this attack by Armenia that created an obstacle to safe passage through the checkpoint. Furthermore, it was emphasized that guarantees by Armenia that such provocations will not be repeated in the future are necessary.
In addition to the aforementioned necessary measures, it was noted that Azerbaijan with the support of the ICRC is ready to enable the passage of Armenian residents through the border checkpoint for medical purposes and the supply of necessary medical supplies. Regarding the other supply needs of the Armenian residents in connection with the current situation, it was noted that Azerbaijan has the opportunity to provide assistance using the Aghdam-Khankendi road through the ICRC.
During the meeting, other issues of mutual interest were also discussed.