Azerbaijan’s request for provisional measure does not represent sincere, let alone actionable claims, the Agent of Armenia Yeghishe Kirakosyan said in his closing remarks at the public hearing at the International Court of Justice on the Request for the indication of provisional measures submitted by Azerbaijan.
“They are engineered to create a false parity,” Kirakosyan said.
“On the basis of its oral pleadings, Armenia respectfully requests the Court to reject Azerbaijan’s request for the indication of provisional measures in full,” he stated.
In its request Azerbaijan asked the Court to ensure that “Armenia immediately takes all necessary steps to enable Azerbaijan to undertake the prompt, safe and effective demining of the towns, villages, and other areas to which Azerbaijani civilians will return” including by providing information about the location, quantity, type and characteristics of landmines, booby traps and other explosive devices “to enable Azerbaijani internally displaced persons to return to their homes.”
It also requests that Armenia “cease and desist from any further efforts to plant or to sponsor or support the planting of landmines and booby traps in the areas to which Azerbaijani civilians will return.”
On January 30 the Court held a public hearing on the Request for the indication of provisional measures submitted by Armenia.
The Agent of Armenia made the following request to the Court:
On the basis of its Request for provisional measures dated 27 December 2022, its letter dated 26 January 2023 and its oral pleadings, Armenia respectfully requests the Court to indicate the following provisional measures pending its determination of this case on the merits:
- Azerbaijan shall cease its orchestration and support of the alleged ‘protests’ blocking uninterrupted free movement along the Lachin Corridor in both directions.’
- Azerbaijan shall ensure uninterrupted free movement of all persons, vehicles, and
- cargo along the Lachin Corridor in both directions.’
- Azerbaijan shall immediately fully restore and refrain from disrupting or impeding
the provision of natural gas and other public utilities to Nagorno-Karabakh.
The Court’s decisions on both requests for provisional measures will be delivered at a public sitting, the date of which will be announced in due course.