ArmInfo. Official Baku responded to the words of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Yerevan that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict should be resolved on three unshakable international principles: the non-use of force or threat by force, territorial integrity and the right of peoples to self-determination.
So, the head of the press service department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Leyla Abdullayeva assured that the Azerbaijani community of Nagorno-Karabakh is an integral part of any proposed plan for resolving the conflict, while completely forgetting the right to participate in these negotiations among the people who currently live in Artsakh and who are directly they relate to. "As we always noted, I want to emphasize once again that only the return of Azerbaijanis expelled from this region to their homes in Nagorno-Karabakh can open up real possibilities for resolving the conflict on the basis of a high status of self-government, providing for joint living in peace and security of both, of the Azerbaijani and Armenian communities within the borders of the Republic of Azerbaijan.For this, first of all, substantive negotiations should be held to resolve the conflict, and the occupation forces A Menia should leave Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding regions of Azerbaijan ", - said Abdullayev Lavrov. On the eve of Yerevan, Lavrov noted that the final settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict should be acceptable to Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan. Touching upon the return of Artsakh to the negotiating table to resolve the conflict, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry recalled that the parties themselves agree on the format as well as the composition. In this context, he recalled that at the initial stage, Nagorno-Karabakh participated in the negotiations, but at some stage one of the previous Armenian presidents decided that Yerevan would represent the interests of Karabakh. "In any case, we, as members of a group of co-chairs, promoting this process, ensure that it goes along the lines of general agreement. And it is clear to everyone that without the consent of the people, the population of Nagorno-Karabakh, it will be impossible to finalize agreements. Armenia simply will not sign them. Here we proceed from this, "Lavrov emphasized.
At the same time, he noted that at the meeting, the Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan mentioned his public statement that the final agreements should take into account the interests of Armenia, Karabakh and Azerbaijan. "It's hard to argue with that," said the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry. Speaking about the principles of the Karabakh conflict settlement, Lavrov once again emphasized the need to take into account the interests of Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan. According to him, the principles of territorial integrity, the right of peoples to self-determination and peaceful settlement are enshrined in all the options that are being discussed between the parties. "The final decision must take into account all principles. No one can argue with this. The rest is a matter of negotiation. The art of diplomacy is a compromise. We, as co-chairs, try to ensure that the compromises are honest and reflect a real balance of interests," Lavrov concluded.
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