Melkoumian Says Peace Plan Changes are Cosmetic

STEPANAKERT (Armenpress)–Nagorno-Karabakh Republic foreign minister Naira Melkoumian said Wednesday a revised peace proposal by the Minsk Group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe will contain only cosmetic changes.

At a press briefing–Melkoumian said that during recent meetings with the co-chairmen of the OSCE Minsk Group details of a new plan were not discussed

However–according to Melkoumian–the co-chairmen hinted that while the previous proposal contained crucial provisions for the resolution of the Karabakh conflict–given Azerbaijan’s rejection of the said proposal presentation of new suggestions would be necessary.

Melkoumian reported that the co-chairmen will include all provisions included in the previous proposal approved by Armenia and the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic but rejected by Azerbaijan.

The foreign minister said that she believed the Minsk Group leadership was attempting to convince the Azeris to return to the negotiating table.

The fact that Azeri leaders–especially president Haydar Aliyev–recognize the imperative for mutual concessions–was deemed by Melkoumian as a sign of certain movement by the Azeri side.

Melkoumian said that the extent of Azeri willingness to resume negotiations can be evaluated only after a new proposal is introduced by the Minsk Group co-chairmen.

"All the positive points contained within the previous proposal must be included in the new one," said Melkoumian–adding that the new proposal will contain cosmetic changes.

"I don’t think that the co-chairmen will choose a route which would force Karabakh to reject the new proposal and create another deadlock in peace talks," Melkoumian assessed.


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