Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Says Territorial Integrity Cannot Be Traded

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–According to Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Vilayat Quliyev–Azerbaijan believes that the French parliament’s decision to recognize the Armenian genocide was a mistake. He also noted that there was no doubt Azerbaijan’s position would be made clear to France.

The adoption of such a bill by one of the co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group–France–cannot be considered permissible–Quliyev said on Azerbaijani TV. This could certainly have a negative impact on the settlement of the Azerbaijani-Armenian conflict. A country which is a cochairman’should not take up any position on such an issue.

The foreign minister believes that chance of improvement depends on the proposals put forward at the meeting between Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents scheduled for January 26 in Paris. The minister said there would be an improvement in the negotiations if there are proposals for a just settlement of the conflict.

Touching upon Azerbaijan’s proposals for this meeting–Minister Quliyev said: "We are not intending to make any proposals–because Azerbaijan has already made all possible proposals. We are expecting proposals from the Armenian side and from France–which is a co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group and initiated the holding of this meeting in its capital."

Quliyev said that compromises are needed to resolve any conflict–however–Azerbaijan can make no compromises to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict which could violate Azerbaijan’s internationally recognized laws or its territorial integrity. Compromises can only be made on the status of Nagorno Karabakh and the rights of the Armenian minority in this enclave. The foreign minister said that there was nothing more Azerbaijan could concede.

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