“The only fact of Aliyev saying that the meeting with Armenian President was formal is enough to show Azerbaijan’s position on the negotiations,” Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharyan told reporters after the government sitting today.
“This is enough to understand the stance of the Azerbaijani leadership on the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs and the principles of conflict settlement. Definitely, this is the reason why there has been no progress in the settlement,” Kocharyan said.
According to him, progress in the approaches of the parties is important for achieving progress in the negotiations. “Of course, the Co-Chairs try to organize meetings as frequently as possible, but there can be no progress, if Azerbaijan continues to describe them as formal,” he added.
The Deputy FM said discussions in Bern were focused on the need to implement a mechanism of investigation of borer incidents, as installation of corresponding equipment.
“Although Azerbaijan rejects the proposal, this shows that the mediators are worried and are seeking new ways of settlement,” Shavarsh Kocharyan noted.
The Deputy Foreign Minister made it clear that should these attempts fail, there will be two options left –either imposing peace on Azerbaijan or recognizing the Nagorno Karabakh Republic.