Baku blatantly opposes the approaches of Minsk Group Co-Chair countries – Armenian FM

The elements presented by ougoing Co-Chairs Richard Hoaglad in general repeat the provisions of the well-known five statements on the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement issued by the Presidents of the Minsk Group Co-Chair countries, the Armenian Foreign Minister says.

‘In his comment he tried to remain faithful to those provisions, however, he made some inaccuracies and omissions,” Edward Nalbandia said in comments to Tert.am.

He repeated that “the position on the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement is expressed not via separate comments, but via joint proposals and statements of the Co-Chair countries.”

“In particular, the position of the Co-Chair countries was expressed in five statements issued on the level of presidents, and has been reaffirmed by the Co-Chairs on numerous occasions; for example, in the statement of the Foreign Ministers of the Co-Chair countries adopted in Hamburg last December,” Minister Nalbandian stated.

“Alongside the six elements of the conflict settlement, the statements of the Presidents and Foreign Ministers of the Co-Chair countries refer also to the three principles of international law as the basis for the conflict resolution, namely: non-use of force or threat of use of force, equal rights and self-determination of peoples and territorial integrity,” the Foreign Minister reminded.

“Armenia has repeatedly expressed its position on the statements of the Co-Chair countries. That has not been the case with Azerbaijan, which ignores these statements and pretends as if that they do not exist at all. Thus, Baku blatantly opposes to the approaches of the Co-Chair countries,” he added.

According to Minister Nalbandian, the consistent statements by the Co-Chairs once again demonstrate that the fictions scenarios on the conflict resolution and distorted elements of settlement recently fabricated by Azerbaijan have nothing to do with the reality.

“Ambassador Hoagland in his comment opens the list of elements of the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement from the determination of the final legal status of Nagorno-Karabakh through expression of will, which should have a legally binding character, including for Azerbaijan,” Edward Nalbandian said.

“It has become endemic for Baku to backtrack from the prior agreements. This refers not only to the settlement process of the conflict, but to the confidence building measures, as well. Particularly, the statement of the Foreign Ministers of the Co-Chair countries in Hamburg once again urged to implement the agreements reached at the Vienna and St. Petersburg Summits. It is well known, that Armenia and Artsakh have continuously reiterated their readiness to implement those agreements, while Azerbaijan has backtracked from its commitments,” the Foreign Minister said.

“Armenia will consistently continue to exert joint efforts together with the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair countries aimed at exclusively peaceful settlement of the conflict between Azerbaijan and Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh),” Edward Nalbandian concluded.

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