Azeri Statement Does Not Correspond to Ongoing Negotiations

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–The Armenian Foreign Ministry responded Wednesday to a statement made by Azeri Foreign Affairs Minister Elmar Mamedyarov–in which he advocated a step-by-step solution to the Karabagh conflict.

"We are once again surprised that the Azerbaijani side tries to present such an approach to the public–which does not correspond to the content of the negotiations over the Karabagh conflict regulation," said spokesman for the Armenian Foreign Affairs Ministry Vladimir Karapetian.

Azeri media outlets reported Tuesday that Mamedyarov stated that the optimal regulation of the Karabagh conflict would be a "stage-by-stage" solution and that only after the return of the refugees it will be possible to discuss status of Karabagh.

"We have stated many times that to reach a mutually acceptable agreement–Azerbaijan should first recognize the right to self-determination of Nagorno Karabagh’s people," said Karapetian–adding that only then will it be possible to discuss eliminating "consequences of the war."


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