ArmInfo. Artsakh is not against any kind of negotiations, including substantive ones. This was stated in a conversation with the correspondent of ArmInfo by the press secretary of the Artsakh head David Babayan, commenting on the statement of the Azeri Foreign Ministers at the OSCE Ministerial Council in Vienna.
According to him, any negotiations as such presuppose substantive discussions. "Today substantive negotiations presuppose one direction, namely, the discussion of the implementation of the agreements reached at the summits of the Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan in Vienna and St. Petersburg. But what do we see in practice?" Baku torpedo this process, leads an inadequate policy when the president of this country declares that he will not allow the creation of a "second state of Armenia" in the territory of Azerbaijan, or when calls are made in Baku to shoot down the helicopter of the Armenian president flying to Artsakh. Such an ideology guides terrorists, fascists, nationalists," said Babayan. At the same time he added that it is still a big question who and in whose territories live.
Artsakh Foreign Ministry spokesman recalled that Artsakh state has existed for at least three decades, and such statements indicate that Baku is not ready to conduct even substantive negotiations today. "Substantivity does not mean saying stupidity, and Mr. Mammadyarov, I believe, says what he is told to say, and only for saying," he said.
Referring to Baku's accusations about Yerevan's deliberate delaying the status quo, Babayan expressed the conviction that each side wants to change it. "The parties have similar positions regarding the need to maintain the status quo until a solution is found. Our view on the issue of changing the status quo is normal and in tune with the international position. For Baku it means a return to the past, which in itself is not possible. Azeri authorities, first of all, should change the status quo in their minds, it is necessary to change the perception of the world, which in my opinion is impossible in the foreseeable future," Babayan said.
Speaking about the last Nalbandyan-Mammendyarov meeting in Vienna, Babayan noted that any meetings of this kind are important from the standpoint of supporting the negotiation process, as well as peace and stability in the region.
Azeri Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov, at the 24th meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council, once again accused Armenia of deliberately delaying the status quo, and in attempts to advance preconditions for the resumption of substantive negotiations, and to undermine the negotiation processes.