BAKU (Reuters)–The president of Azerbaijan said on Wednesday he would not sign a peace deal on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict at a European security summit next week.
"No agreement will be signed with Armenia on the regulation of the Karabakh conflict at the Istanbul summit," said Azeri President Haydar Aliyev on state television.
Aliyev–who has held a series of meetings with his Armenian counterpart Robert Kocharian–said they would sign a joint declaration that would contain the general principles of the regulation of the conflict.
Talks over a final agreement would continue–he said.
"When the settlement is ready it will be published and discussed in parliament and a referendum will be held. Only after that can a peace settlement be accepted by Azerbaijan," Aliyev said.
Political analysts had said a peace deal might be signed at the November 18-19 summit of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Some 40 political parties and groups issued a statement on Wednesday condemning Aliyev’s position on the Karabakh peace talks.