Azerbaijan trying to transfer its corruption skills to the level of inter-state relations: Armenian FM

On a working visit to Brussels, Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian had a meeting with the Minks Group Co-Chairs Igor Popov, James Warlick and Pierre Andrieu and the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk. During the meeting the parties continued the discussions on furthering the process of settlement of the Karabakh conflict.

The Armenian Foreign Minister drew the attention of the mediators to Azerbaijan’s bellicose rhetoric of the past weeks, the statements distorting the essence and content of the negotiations, the cruel violations of the ceasefire at the Armenian border and the line of contact with Nagorno Karabakh that claimed human lives, and the intensification of subversive acts.

He underlined that with its provocative steps Azerbaijan aggravates the situation, obviously turning down the calls of the heads of co-chairing countries to prepare the peoples to peace.

“Despite the targeted calls of the international community, the Azerbaijani leadership continues its non-constructive and dangerous policy by persecuting and arresting the proponents of reconciliation and peace on fabricated charges, which is not conductive to the establishment of a positive atmosphere in talks,” Minister Nalbandian underlined.

The Armenian Foreign Minister noted that the Azerbaijani authorities are trying to transfer the domestic experience of corruption to the level of inter-state relations and grab statements from some states, which turn the content of the negotiations upside down and hinder progress in the talks.

Edward Nalbandian reiterated Armenia’s willingness to maintain efforts to solve the Karabakh conflict exceptionally in a peaceful way.

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