Foreign Ministry Comments on Azeri Distortions

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Armenian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Vladimir Karapetian expressed surprise Thursday at remarks by Azeri Foreign Minister who suggested that Armenia’s agreement to the current OSCE Minsk Group proposal would be a “crucial step” in the conflict resolution process.
“We are truly surprised at that announcement, since during recent talks, Azerbaijan has begun to take a stand back and resist provisions already agreed upon regarding Nagorno Karabakh’s status, which are in and continue to remain in the document, proposed by co-chairs,” explained Karapetian.
“If the reports in fact correspond to the truth and the Azeri foreign minister has agreed to the provisions on Nagorno Karabakh status, we welcome that,” expressed Karapetian.
Earlier, Vartan Oskanian, the Armenian Foreign Minister, described the document as fair. “This document reflects all the necessary components,” he said. He stated that the proposals enabled the problem to be resolved. “This is a balanced document and we are prepared to continue talks on this basis,” Oskanian noted.
Azeri foreign minister Elmar Mammadyarov stated that Armenia did not agree with a proposal made by the OSCE Minsk Group, which was sounded before the recent meeting of the Presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia in St. Petersburg.
“If the Armenian foreign minister has stated that they agree with the document under discussion, this means the Armenia’s have changed their opinion,” Mammadyarov stressed
The OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs will arrive in Yerevan on September 15, Press and Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed.
During the visit the Co-Chairs are expected to have meetings with the leadership of the country. As it was reported earlier, on September 16 the mediators are expected to visit Nagorno Karabakh to meet with the newly elected President, Bako Sahakian. They will travel to Baku on September 18.
Sources reported that the Co-chairmen will propose a meeting between the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan, in New York in October during the meeting of the UN General Assembly.

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