YEREVAN (ArmenPress)—The international community is running out of patience for Baku’s provocative and non-constructive approach to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Armenian Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian said in an interview with ArmenPress news agency in which he summarized the two-day OSCE Summit in Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana.
The irony, he noted, however, is that Azeri leaders continue to speak of their own thinning patience with Armenia and Karabakh.
According to the Armenian Foreign Minister the international community’s approach to conflict resolution is in “harmony” with Yerevan’s position on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
“In speaking at the Summit, the heads of almost all the OSCE member-states stressed the utter unacceptability of the use of force and/or threat of force. The Russian President emphasized it in his speech. I think it was a serious warning to the Azerbaijani leadership,” Nalbandian said.
At the onset of the OSCE Summit, the heads of the US, Russian and French delegations were joined by Presidents Serzh Sarkisian and Ilham Aliyev in issuing a joint statement on the Karabakh conflict resolution and their collective pledge to take more concrete steps toward peace.
Nalbandian said the statement reiterated the international community’s insistence that the conflict be settled through peaceful negotiations.
The statement, said in part, that“The Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan reaffirmed their commitment to seek a final settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, based upon: the principles and norms of international law; the United Nations Charter; the Helsinki Final Act; as well as the statements of Presidents Medvedev, Sarkozy, and Obama, at L’Aquila on July 10, 2009, and at Muskoka on June 26, 2010.
The US, France, and Russia, who serve as Co-chairs to the OSCE Minsk Group mediating the conflict, “called on the sides to focus their efforts on the basic settlement principles,” Nalbandian said, adding that the document was “a clear response” to Baku’s efforts to derail the peace process.
“Besides the five-sided statement, all the 56 OSCE member-states approved a declaration underscoring the necessity of efforts to settle existing conflicts by means of peaceful negotiations, within the present formats and international legal norms incorporated in the U.N. Charter and Helsinki Final Act,” Nalbandian said, adding that this approach is in “harmony” with Armenia’s approach to Karabakh.
Nalbandian explained the statement as yet another response to Baku’s ongoing rejection of the basic principles for a Karabakh settlement proposed by the mediating powers.
“Azerbaijan in fact tries to use talks as a veil to disguise plans for new adventures,” Nalbandian said, pointing to Aliyev’s rhetoric during his speech at the summit as yet another example of Azerbaijan’s non-constructive attitude. The Armenian Foreign Minister said this approach is a continuation of Aliyev’s behavior seen at OSCE Ministerial summits in Helsinki in 2008, in Athens in 2009 and in Almaty this July.
“The Armenian President addressed this attitude during the speech he delivered at the OSCE summit,” Nalbandian said.