Azeri Foreign Ministry Calls Peace Negotiations Senseless

BAKU (ArmRadio)–Echoing threats to end peace negotiations with Armenia made by the country’s Defense Minister and President last week, Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry Monday called negotiations senseless.
"If Armenia does not change its position on the settlement of the Karabakh Conflict, the negotiations will have no sense," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Khazar Ibrahim said, referring to Armenia’s support for the independence of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.
Azerbaijan’s Minister of Defense Friday told his Estonian counterpart that Baku would not make any compromises and was ready to "release its lands" from Armenia
Abiyev’s bellicose commen’s followed similar ones made by Azeri President Ilham Aliyev on Wednesday and come amid growing tension between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the settlement of the Karabakh Conflict. The Azeri President has been escalating his militaristic rhetoric in recent months in preparation for presidential elections in October.
Echoing their Commander in Chief, Abiyev and Ibrahim both said that Azerbaijan would not make any compromises regarding its territorial integrity.
According to them, Armenia continues to present obstacles to the peaceful settlement of the conflict by maintaining the sovereignty of the Karabakh Republic.
Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliev and his recently elected Armenian counterpart, Serzh Sarkisian, are scheduled to meet for the first time in the Russian city of Saint-Petersburg Friday on the sidelines of a summit of former Soviet republics. They will try to make further progress towards finalizing a framework peace agreement drafted by US, Russian and French mediators co-chairing the OSCE Minsk Group.


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