YEREVAN (ARKA)—Azerbaijan’s foreign ministry released a statement yesterday in response to a decision by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), claiming that the court’s verdicts put an end to Armenia’s denial of its occupation of Azebaijani territory and the presence of troops there.
“Baku’s manipulations of the decision of the European Court of Human Rights will damage the efforts to settle the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict by peaceful means,” Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandyan said in an interview with Liberty Radio.
The ECHR handed down its first rulings on lawsuits filed by scores of Armenians and Azerbaijanis displaced by the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. In two separate verdicts announced late on Tuesday, the Strasbourg-based court said both Armenia and Azerbaijan violated property rights guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights. But it stopped short of ordering any material compensation to any of the plaintiffs.
“The negotiations on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict are not run in the framework, under the auspices, nor through the mediation of the European Court of Human Rights. The co-chairmanship of the OSCE Minsk Group is the only internationally mandated format searching for a solution to the issue,” Nalbandyan said.
He said that the Azerbaijani plaintiffs’ suit is an individual court case, which cannot impact the settlement process of the conflict, and manipulations of this case can only harm efforts to reach a settlement by peaceful means.
“Issues related to the right of refugees and displaced persons to return are integral parts of the negotiation process. They can be resolved through a comprehensive resolution of the issue, and the ch-chair countries on the conflict have referred to this matter in well-known statements,” Nalbandyan said in his interview.