Aliyev’s statement a failed attempt to distort the negotiation process: MFA Spokesman

Armenian Foreign Ministry Spokesman has labeled Azerbaijani President’s statements on Nagorno Karabakh settlement as “an attempt to turn the truth upside down.”

Speaking to RIA Novosti today, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said “reasonable compromise on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement is possible,” and suggested that “the region could become an autonomous republic.”

“The statement of the Azerbaijani leader can be judged as yet another unsuccessful attempt to turn the truth upside down and distort the negotiation process,” MFA Spokesman Tigran Balayan said in comments to Radio Liberty.

“It is clearly enshrined in the statements of the leaders of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing countries Aliyev refers to that the status of Nagorno Karabakh should be determined by a legally binding expression of will of the people of Nagorno Karabakh,” Balayan reminded.

“It would be better for the leadership of Azerbaijan to cease deluding itself and misleading its own public. A week ago the leader of Azerbaijan publicly confessed the real essence of negotiations, stating that Baku was being urged to recognize the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh,” the Spokesperson stated.

Speaking to Public Radio of Armenia earlier today Spokesman for the NKR President David Babayan deemed Aliyev’s statement “ridiculous.”

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