A spokesman for Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry has dismissed Armenian claims that Baku does not want to resolve the Karabakh conflict.
“The Armenian minister seems to be either trying some primitive manoeuvring again, or simply does not take seriously the resolutions passed by such an important organization as the UN Security Council,” Elman Abdullayev said, according to APA.
He was commenting on accusations by Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian that Azerbaijan misrepresents resolutions of the UN Security Council calling for the withdrawal of Armenian troops from Azerbaijani territory. Nalbandian also accused Azerbaijan of rejecting four proposals from the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, the international body mediating a solution to the conflict.
Nalbandian made the comments at a press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Yerevan on Monday.
Talking about the four UN Security Council resolutions on Karabakh, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry spokesman said: “These resolutions are efficient and demand the unconditional withdrawal of the Armenian Armed Forces from the occupied Azerbaijani territories.”
“Azerbaijan supported the initiatives of European organizations concerning the meeting of the Azerbaijani and Armenian communities of Nagorno-Karabakh, but unfortunately, these initiatives were prevented by Yerevan. This demonstrates their real intention to maintain the status quo,” Elman Abdullayev continued.
“The positions of Azerbaijan and the international community coincide that the status quo is unacceptable. This is undeniable.
“The status quo must be changed and the process must start with the withdrawal of Armenian troops from the occupied Azerbaijani territories.”