Nalbandian Calls Mammadyarov Statements ‘Lies’

Armenian Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian

YEREVAN (Combined Sources)—The war of words between Armenia and Azerbaijan escalated Thursday, with the Armenian Foreign Minister calling statements made by his Azeri counterpart regarding the current phase of the Karabakh peace process “absolute lies.”

Azeri Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov on Thursday alleged that the withdrawal of Armenian forces from Kelbajar and Lachin would be discussed in a possible upcoming meeting with Armenia’s Eduard Nalbandian, claiming that this topic was also discussed during last month’s presidential summit in St. Petersburg.

“The Armenian side has never discussed the transfer of Lachin and Kelbajar to Azeri administrative control,” said Nalbandian, stressing that the matter was also not discussed during last month’s St. Petersburg meeting of presidents Serzh Sarkisian, Ilham Aliyev and Dmitry Medvedev.

Nalbandian traveled to Almaty, Kazakhstan to take part in an informal summit of OSCE member-state foreign ministers. He said at a press briefing Tuesday that a meeting with Mammadyarov might take place on the sidelines of the OSCE summit.

During his press briefing Thursday in Baku, Mammadyarov not only reiterated the claim that the aforementioned topic was to be discussed but announced Baku’s “acceptance” of a five-year timeframe for the Kelbajar and Lachin transfer.

“The updated Madrid principles envision the return of Kelbajar and Lachin districts to Azerbaijan within five years. This was proposed by the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs,” said Mammadyarov referring to the principles that have served as guidelines for the Karabakh talks.

Meanwhile on Tuesday, Nalbandian insisted that the so-called Madrid principles were effectively dead and that during the St. Petersburg meeting, Medvedev presented a new set of principles which heretofore will guide the peace talks.

Armenia’s deputy foreign minister, Shavarsh Kocharyan, on Friday said “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, and expresses readiness to withdraw its armed forces from the occupied regions of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic,” a clear reference to the Shahumian, Getashen and Martunashen districts of Karabakh, whose Armenian population was forcibly deported and massacred by Azeri forces.

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18 Comments

  1. Garo Artinian said:

    Mr nalbandian and the Armenian government should feel at ease when they kill Madrid principles if they are not in favor of Armenia and karabakh, after all Turkey has ignored so many treaties, even signed ones.
    Do whats right for your people.
    Garo

  2. Samvel said:

    with any overnight politics outcome, like turkey-Armenia protocols, we, all Armenians, must be ready to go to armenia-artcakh and defend every single inch from the return if so. same for war outcome if azeries will start any day before the final peace treaty with current borders including Shahumyan and Getashen regions…

  3. Papken Hartunian said:

    These declarations and counter statements are designed to reshape our public opinion. We have been bombarded with phrases such as “transfer of Lachin and Kelbajar” day in day out. The sadness of all is that our leaders never call our liberated lands as such. Instead, they put set forth the concept of concessions to resolve the conflict.
    Long live Armenia and Armenians!

  4. areg mansuryan said:

    Eduard Nalbandian khelki yek! No to Genocidal and barbarian Azeri-Turks. Armenians will not give up any liberated lands to Azeri-Turks. We do not trust the Turks!

  5. Ashot Baghdasaryan said:

    Turks must be day dreaming! Not an inch of liberated Armenian Artsakh lands to the Genocidal Azeri-Turks! If
    Azeris want any land they can always go to the land of their ancestors to the land of Chingiz Khan and Lang Temur!

  6. Rammy said:

    a withdrawal without Karabakh’s right of self determination means the end of Armenians as a state in the region

    • john said:

      Only in their wettest of dreams. BTW you don’t need to state the obvious. and try no to fear monger. Not useful.

  7. John said:

    There is only one option left : To take back northern and eastern Artsakh as the next step.

  8. Chris Manougian said:

    why should we always give ,we are always victims ,the Minsk group shouldn’t gamble with our territories ,
    isn’t it enough what we have lost in western Armenia ?

  9. Zareh said:

    After calling him a lier, will Nalbandian shake Mammediarov’s hands upon meeting him for their next meeting.? Most probably yes, unfortunately. Nalbandian should announce publicly that Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan is not a fitting counterpart for him and refuse to meet withe a lier, in the same manner Davutoglu said about Israel’S FM Libberman.

    • john said:

      This so-called negotiations that’s been going on for years is simply a kabuki theater convinced and arranged for the amusement of the “international community”.

      nothing substantive will change, because nothing substantive CAN change.

  10. HArut said:

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  11. john said:

    Why meet in the first place? For what purpose?

    1. It’s Armenian lands. 2. The Azeri’s lost after trying to cleanse the Armenians by starting the war. 3. Since when do loser make demands? 4. What about the 4 Armenian soldiers that were killed? Is that not the continuation of the war and how can the Mongols be trusted let alone negotiated with? 5. What about the war resumption talks by the Mongols? Who negotiates with animals that constantly threaten war? 6. Why not declare Karabagh free and independent and stop waiting for others to do so? 6. When are the Armenian leaders going to grow some nuts and make statements like; “These are Armenian lands that were liberated from occupation and therefore can never be returned. Period”? & “No one wants war but we will fight to the end and not stop till Baku next time”.

    Mongols only understand the big stick. They don’t understand negotiations. They don’t understand compromise. They understand weakness and strength only. They are ultra opportunists and need to be told that war is another opportunity for Armenia to hurt them very badly.

  12. Honarchian Norayer said:

    We Armenian as a whole nation and government shall not give up an inch of our liberated lands, By our
    solders and veterans blood we freed our ancestrial lands and shall not give up our right.
    will defend it again if needed.

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