YEREVAN (ARMENPRESS)—Vladimir Kazimirov, a former co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, slammed Azerbaijan for halting progress on the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process.
During a meeting with journalist in Yerevan, the diplomat emphasized that he had an opportunity to listen to recordings of meetings and speeches of the heads of the conflict parties from the 1990’s.
“I want to stress that then-president of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev announced at that time that the conflict had to be settled only by peaceful means. In another recording he announced that he was ready to re-affirm ceasefire violation every day. Do the actions of Azerbaijan correspond to those statements? I think the answer is obvious for everyone—of course not,” Kazimirov said.
According to the former co-chair, as long as the agreement of settling the conflict by peaceful means has not been reached, one should not hope that the negotiation process can have any positive results.
“It is a very important fact that is based on the 4 resolutions adopted by UN Security Council. All the resolutions attach primary importance to [the] cessation of military operations and ceasefire violations. There’s also a demand on lifting the blockade, restoring economic ties and transport links but as we see the demands have not been fulfilled,” Kazimirov said.
Kazimirov said that he often heard Baku’s complaints about the actions of the OSCE and the format in general, but the problem is the conflict parties and not the mitigating organization. According to him, Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh are ready to work on settling the issue by peaceful means, but Azerbaijan is not ready to do that.