Gasparian Responds to Possible Azeri Initatives at OIC Conference in Tehran

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–Armenian Foreign Ministry spokesman Arsen Gasparian believes Azerbaijan may again try to include discussion of the Karabakh conflict in the agenda of the Organization of the Islamic Conference summit scheduled to open Dec. 5 in Tehran.

Gasparian said leading Islamic politicians have frequently rejected Azeri claims that the Karabakh conflict is a religious one. He added that any attempt to discuss the ongoing negotiations on resolving the conflict outside the framework of the Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Minsk Group would negatively impact the peace process. On Nov. 26–a group of Armenian opposition parties appealed to the OIC not to adopt an "anti-Armenian" resolution at the Tehran meeting.


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