Baku Opposes Minsk Group Approach Rejects Compromise for Karabagh Settlement

BAKU (Armenpress)–Ahead of the scheduled December 6 meeting with Armenian counterpart Vartan Oskanian–Azeri Foreign Minister Elmar Mamedyarov announced that his country is ready to continue negotiations on the Mountainous Karabagh conflict–but only if Azerbaijan’s proposals serve as a basis for a resolution.

The foreign ministers are due to meet in Sofia–Bulgaria–on the sidelines of an annual meeting of foreign ministers of Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) member states.

The three co-chairmen of the OSCE Minsk Group–tasked with mediating a settlement to the Mountainous Karabagh conflict–will also attend the meeting.

Mamedyarov revealed that he recently met with the Minsk Group co-chairmen–within the framework of UN General Assembly’s 59 session–and has told them that their proposals are unacceptable.

Dissatisfied with the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group–Azerbaijan recently urged the UN General Assembly to intervene in the long and bitter territorial dispute with neighboring Armenia over Mountainous Karabagh.

The OSCE has–meanwhile–asked the assembly to stay on the sidelines and not interfere with their efforts. Talks "can only progress in an atmosphere of confidence between the parties. Anything in the direction of building confidence and of avoiding a division of the General Assembly is helpful," said US envoy Susan Moore–speaking on behalf of the OSCE.

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