Yerevan Denies Talks on Withdrawal From Liberated Territories

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–Official Yerevan denied Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov’s claims on Friday that details of Armenian troop withdrawal from occupied Azerbaijani territories will dominate his upcoming talks with his Armenian counterpart, Edward Nalbandian.

The two ministers are scheduled to meet next week in Almaty, Kazakhstan in yet another attempt to narrow the conflicting parties’ differences over the existing international plan to end the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Mammadyarov told journalists in Baku earlier in the day that the talks will center on time frames for the liberation of Kelbajar and Lachin, two of the seven Armenian districts that were fully or partly liberated from Azerbaijani rule by Karabakh Armenian defense forces in 1992-1993.

He said the parties still disagree on when the two districts, wedged between Karabakh and Armenia proper, should be put back under Azerbaijani control. Azerbaijan and the U.S., Russian and French mediators believe that should happen five years after the signing of a peace accord, he claimed.

“The Armenian side wants to continue discussions on this issue,” Mammadyarov added, according to the APA news agency. “I expect that we will be primarily dealing with this problem in Almaty.”

Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharian flatly denied that. “The withdrawal of Karabakh forces from any territory will be out of question until Azerbaijan agrees to accept Karabakh’s status in accordance with the results of an expression of the Nagorno-Karabakh people’s will,” he said in a statement.

Eduard Sharmazanov, a spokesman for the ruling Republican Party of Armenia, also dismissed Mammadyarov’s claims as “disinformation.” Speaking to RFE/RL’s Armenian service, he insisted that no Armenian territorial concessions can occur until there is an agreement on Karabakh’s final status. Sharmazanov described it as “the cornerstone of the conflict’s resolution.”

Armenian officials say that under the basic principles of a Karabakh settlement proposed by the mediators, the status will be determined in a referendum to be held in Karabakh in the future.

But according to Mammadyarov, the proposed framework accord contains no such provisions. He said it only envisages the creation of a “polling committee” of representatives of Armenia, Azerbaijan and the mediating powers that would decide, by consensus, “how to solve the issue of the status.”

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5 Comments

  1. Rammy said:

    let us fight it and see how much land they can gain by means of war cause there are no garantees that Azrbegan won’t wage another war after the withdawal

  2. areg minasyan said:

    Artsakh and Armenian people will not withdraw from liberated Armenian lands.

  3. Arn. SWEDEN. said:

    Armenian Territories.

    Genesis chapter 10.

    Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah: Shem, Ham, and Japheth; and unto them were sons born after the flood.
    2The sons of Japheth: Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras.
    3And the sons of Gomer: Ashkenaz and Riphath and Togarmah.

    Comments –

    Ashkenaz=Osgrusia=Osetia-Georgia=The Gotic Germans.
    Riphath=(Rip)hath=Hatti=The Hettittes=The Keltic Germans.

    Togarmah is the Forefather of all peoples of Armenian origin.

    Some of them emigrated Eastwards to the Town of – Buchara – and further to the Town – Bulun-Tokhai – in Northwestern todays China.
    Those peoples was called -Tocharer – speaking a Language similar to Keltic and Gotic.

    The development of their name may go as follows –

    Togarma – tosarma – (to)sarma – sarmatians – sarbatians – serbians.

    The Serbians is wherer of the name of the origin of all Slavic Peoples,
    all Slavs originate in Armenia,
    and are a German People stemmimg from the Forfather of all German peoples – Gomer – !!!.

    God bless Armenia !!!.

    Arn.

  4. Norin Radd said:

    The issue is already decided, the decision was made by the NATIVE people of Arstakh (FORMERLY known as Nagorno-Karabagh) 20 years ago when they defended their rights for self-determination and ownership of their native lands against invading and oppressive Azeris that were brandishing illegitimate soviet era land claims; claims which have not historic roots beyond the Azeris being “gifted” a part of Armenian land, namely Arstakh, by the marauding Bolsheviks.

    End of story, case closed, not one inch of Arstakh land will be relinquished under any accord, EVER, the Armenians in the Diaspora, Armenia, and Arstakh are watching very closely and are ready.

  5. Krikor said:

    Every inch of Artsakh has been libersted with the blood of our heroes.
    What land is Azerbajan talking about. ???? The one stolen by the communist and given to them???

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