Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian recently used a pretext of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the OSCE Minsk Group to make provocative statements aimed at delaying and derailing the peace process over Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry spokesman Elman Abdullayev told Trend.
“Statements by Nalbandian indicate that Yerevan ignores statements by leaders of the co-chairs of the Minsk Group made in L’Aquila, Muskoka and Deauville, which emphasise the unacceptability of preserving the status quo in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,” Abdullayev said.
Abdullayev said Yerevan has ignored the four UN Security Council resolutions calling for the withdrawal of Armenian forces from occupied territories of Azerbaijan.
“Many international organisations, in addition to the UN Security Council, such as the OIC and the European Parliament also adopted resolutions calling for the withdrawal of Armenian troops from occupied territories of Azerbaijan. All countries in the world and international institutions recognise the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan,” said Abdullayev.
He said using the activities of the OSCE Minsk Group as a cover, Nalbandian wants to put the blame on Baku while showing extreme disrespect for international norms.
“It’s Armenia that took an unconstructive position aimed at preserving the status quo and breaking down peace talks,” said Abdullyaev.
Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian at the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the OSCE Minsk Group said that a breakthrough in the settlement of the problem wasn’t achieved due to the destructive position of the second side of the conflict.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 per cent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group – Russia, France and the U.S. – are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council’s four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.
/ Trend E.Tariverdiyeva /