Elmar Mammadyarov: “As long as Armenia’s Armed Forces are in Karabakh, there will naturally be incidents”


“The settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the main priority of Azerbaijan’s foreign policy.”

This was stated by Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov during a speech at the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry, APA reports.

According to the minister, the unresolved conflict has been the main obstacle to the development of the region: “For nearly 30 years, Azerbaijan and Armenia have come face to face with this problem. Yesterday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and I discussed in detail the ways of settling the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. This is discussed during the meetings not only by us the ministers, but also by the heads of the states of Azerbaijan and Russia.”

The Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan noted that to resolve the conflict, Armenia must demonstrate political will: “Those who are engaged in the settlement of this conflict know well what the main problem is. To resolve the conflict, Armenia must first withdraw its troops from the occupied territories, the region’s security must be ensured.

Then internally displaced persons must return to their homelands. It is necessary to restore communications, the railway line. All this will contribute to the economic development of the region. Then it will be necessary to consider the issue related to the status of Nagorno-Karabakh. During yesterday’s meeting with Lavrov, we also discussed these issues. I want to note once again that the main issue is the return of Armenian armed forces to their barracks. All these issues will be solved consecutively. “

With regard to the tension on the contact line between the armed forces, the Azerbaijani Foreign Minister said that the Azerbaijani side agreed to conduct monitoring on the investigation of incidents on the contact line: “They say let’s conduct monitoring to investigate incidents on the contact line of armed forces. We give consent to it. However, this must be an integral part of the big plan. Let the Armenian armed forces leave the occupied lands, and then we will proceed to its implementation. As long as Armenian armed units are on these lands, the incidents will continue. “

According to the Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan, the Armenian side is reluctant to negotiate: “We proposed to continue substantive negotiations, but the Armenian side did not go for it.

Parliamentary elections will be held in Armenia on April 2. We also proposed to continue negotiations after this date” Mammadyarov stated.

Source: Minval.az

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