Gasparian Explains Rules of Negotiating to Azeris

YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–Foreign Affairs Ministry Spokesman Hamlet Gasparian shot down claims that the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan discussed the opening of roads connecting crucial roads.

According to the Azeri Press–Armenian Foreign ministers Vartan Oskanian and Azeri counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov discussed last Friday–the possible opening of roads connecting Nakhichevan with Azerbaijan through the Syunik region–and the Lachin highway connecting Armenia with Karabagh.

Denying those reports–Gasparian explained what the negotiation process entails. "When one side introduces or talks about a topic–any topic–that does not mean that it is automatically on the agenda–nor that there is even a preliminary agreement on that topic."

"Armenia’s position on these matters is very clear. The primary matter is the status of Mountainous Karabagh Republic and until there is clarity and agreement on that matter–it is premature to speak about any other issue," said Gasparian.

Oskanian–meanwhile–described the talks mediated by US–Russian–and French negotiators as "positive" and "constructive." He told reporters "Common ground is in sight."


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