Azeri Envoy to OSCE Calls for Changes to Madrid Principles

BAKU (APA)–The Azeri ambassador to the OSCE, Fuad Ismayilov, Thursday said in an interview that the so-called Madrid principles, based on which the present day peace talks were being held, should be altered to include Azerbaijan’s position on the matter.

Last month, Azeri officials said that mere fact that Azerbaijan was calling for a peaceful resolution of the Karabakh conflict was a concession on behalf of the Azeri side, which is insisting that Karabakh’s status be determined after its inclusion within the territory of Azerbaijan and all so-called “occupied territories” be returned to Azerbaijan.

“We can question the effectiveness of the Minsk Group process and have several questions for its leaders. The Minsk Group co-chairmen have been unable to get the ‘aggressors’ [Armenia] to agree to the principles, therefore prolonging the Karabakh peace process, which is not in our interests,” said Ismayilov.

The Azeri ambassador also revealed that Azerbaijan has questioned the mechanism for changing the Minsk Group co-chairs. The reporter interviewing Ismayilov hinted that Azerbaijan was rumored to have wanted to replace US co-chairman Matthew Bryza.

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