The Karabakh settlement has become one of the subjects of talks between Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan and Russia, Elmar Mammadyarov and Sergei Lavrov in Baku on April 3 in Baku.
At the press conference after the talks Mammadyarov noted that in recent years, Russia and personally President Dmitry Medvedev has made efforts to actively resolve the problem.
According to Lavrov, the “status quo” does not responding “someone’s interests – Azerbaijan, Armenia, which wants to get access to the outside world.” “The ultimate goal is to address specific people”, said Lavrov.
He expressed disagreement with the opinion that the negotiations do not take into account the interests of Azerbaijani refugees.
According to him, special attention was paid to the problems of refugees’ return.
Lavrov also disagreed with the view that the four UN Security Council resolutions on Nagorno Karabakh conflict are not fulfilled.
In this case it was not accurate in the facts. In particular, Lavrov said the resolution were adopted at the height of the conflict, and the goal was to stop the military action, and this objective has been achieved.
According to Lavrov, then the Minsk Group was established, and was led by Russia and the United States, and then France joined them. Lavrov stressed that the parties themselves have agreed to resolve the conflict in the format of OSCE Minsk Group.
However, the Minsk Group was created in the spring of 1992 before the adoption the UN Security Council resolutions, and the triumvirate of co-chairs was introduced five years later.
In general, Lavrov opposed a military solution to the problem, like the Libyan scenario.
But Mammadyarov gently corrected his colleague, reminding that the UN Security Council resolution demanded the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of Armenian troops from occupied territories of Azerbaijan.
Mammadyarov noted that the UN Security Council resolution “do not have a term” and Azerbaijan considers necessary their fulfilment. He also noted that, Azerbaijan understands and accepts that within the OSCE Minsk Group the process should be continued and brought to its logical conclusion – the legal status of Nagorno-Karabakh. “They are links in a chain”, said the Azerbaijani minister.