Oskanian Responds to Guluzade Allegations

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Armenian Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian responded to allegation made by Azeri presidential advisor Vafa Guluzade that the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe never proposed the "common state" concept in its new peace plan.

In an interview published in the Armenian press recently–Guluzade said that "the fact that during the summit of OSCE foreign ministers–no document was introduced proposing a `common state’ between Azerbaijan and Karabakh–is proof that the OSCE is in agreement with Azerbaijan that such an approach was not conducive to the [Karabakh] question."

In response to Guluzade’s statemen’s–Oskanian told Armenpress Thursday that he was puzzled by the Azeri leader remarks.

"I don’t know how Mr. Guluzade has invented that [notion]. The fact still remains that the recent proposals were made by three powerful states–the United States–France and Russia," remarked Oskanian.

The foreign minister also explained that Armenia–as well–did not agree with every word of the plan–but "we accepted the proposal as a base for negotiations–in the name of peace and a resolution to the conflict."

Oskanian went on to say that the Azeri position was disturbing since–based on Guluzade’s remarks–Azerbaijan only wants autonomy for Karabakh within its jurisdiction.

"This is does not instill hope for a peaceful resolution of the conflict," said Oskanian.

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