YEREVAN (Panorama)—Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian expressed his concerns at a press conference today in Yerevan over what he says is Azerbaijan’s attempt to move negotiations and discussions on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict away from the OSCE Minsk Group and its format.
“Azerbaijan is trying to take [the] Karbakh problem discussions to other levels. Yet the OSCE Minsk Group is the only format that has been given a mandate by the international community,” Nalbandian said today when asked to comment on the report entitled “Escalation of violence in Nagorno Karabakh and other occupied territories of Nagorno Karabakh” written by conservative British parliament member Robert Walter and adopted by the PACE’s Political Affairs and Democracy Committee.
In July, Asbarez reported that Walter had received Turkish citizenship. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu personally handed Walter his new Turkish ID card at the Turkish Embassy in London. Walter, who is married to a Turkish woman, reportedly expressed delight over his new dual citizenship.
Nalbandian said that Armenia’s stance is the same as that of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs and that no organization should take steps that may hinder a peaceful resolution to the conflict and escalate tensions in the region.
No conflict has been settled through the PACE or any similar organization, Nalbandian said.
“We should work with the Co-Chairs to find exclusively peaceful means of settling the conflict,” he stressed.
Referring to Walter, Nalbandian said that a man cannot take an impartial position when he for many years was a member of the parliamentary friendship group with Azerbaijan and, according to British media reports, was financed by Baku, all while his family members have business interests in Azerbaijan.
Nalbandian declined to comment on the contents of the PACE report, saying that it does not deserve that.