Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has demanded that Armenia name the dates for the opening of what he called the "Zangezur Corridor", threatening with "problems" otherwise.
The Azerbaijani side has on multiple occasions spoken about a so-called "corridor" through the southern Armenian province of Syunik that would connect Nakhijevan to the rest of Azerbaijan. The Armenian side, however, has repeatedly denied being involved in negotiations for the provision of a corridor to Azerbaijan, stressing that they have only agreed to unblock transport communications in the region.
"Armenia and the whole world saw that no one could stop us. During the war, there were those who wanted to stop us, and these were quite powerful circles, but they could not stop us," Aliyev said on Monday, December 6.
"I told them to tell us the date when our lands will be liberated and we are ready to stop. I say the same words today. Announce the date when the Zangezur corridor will be opened, and there will be no problems․"
According to him, "it is not too late, they [Armenia] must accept our conditions and put an end to the insincere approach to roads and communications."
In a spring interview with AzTV, Aliyev had said said: “The creation of the Zangezur corridor fully meets our national, historical and future interests. We are implementing the Zangezur Corridor, whether Armenia wants it or not. If Armenia wants it, then the issue will be resolved easier, if it does not want it, we will decide it by force. Just as before and during the war, I said that they must leave our lands, or we will expel them by force. And so it happened. The same will be the fate of the Zangezur corridor.