ArmInfo.There is no alternative to negotiations to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said. This was stated in an interview to CBC Azerbaijani television channel by the Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov.
"Achieving peace through negotiations is a very complicated process. No one can solve this conflict without us. All options should be on the table. The cornerstone question is what next? You need strategic patience to resolve the conflict. I do not believe that the negotiation process will stop. "I think that sanity will not leave the Armenian side. I do not believe that someone is interested in getting out of negotiations. We also always talk about this (about the need for peace talks - IF)," Mamedyarov said, Interfax-Azerbaijan reports.
According to him, emotions and actions often prevail in the actions and statements of the Armenian side. "99% of the actions and statements of the Armenian side are based on emotions. The negotiation process should carefully monitor the mood of the internal mood in society. Both in Armenia and in Azerbaijan. This is a natural process and unequivocally. The passions in both Azerbaijan and Armenia are very high. We for our part, we don't understand why the Armenian side does not allow the Armenian community of Karabakh to communicate with the Azerbaijani community, "he said.
Mammadyarov emphasized that even in the event of resumption of hostilities, "all the same, the negotiation process should take place, since the war cannot be eternal."
At the same time, he added that the "emotions and stereotypes" that are present on the Armenian side create a negative fund, and this prevents us from moving forward. "I always ask the Armenian side, including journalists, the question: tell me at least one argument that you benefited from the conflict with Azerbaijan? Have you started to live better, joined projects or something else? Therefore, it's important to reach out to the hearts of ordinary Armenians citizens, "he said.
The minister added that "concrete and real moments" are being discussed at the talks with the Armenian counterpart.
The Azerbaijani Foreign Minister stressed that during the negotiations, various documents appeared on the Armenian side, the latest of which is the Lavrov Plan. Lavrov's Plan is the result of intense discussions some two years ago in Moscow. But it is still based on the Madrid principles. There is a statement by the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group on March 9, 2019, which just defines the vision of mediators to move forward in the negotiations. The essence is very simple - phasing. At the first stage, the withdrawal of troops, the return of the Azerbaijani population, ensuring security, establishing communications. Therefore, our proposal to the Armenian side can be described as "a world with the prospect of prosperity," "the minister said.
Mammadyarov added that Azerbaijan asked the co-chairs to prepare a security report on the issue of security. "We discussed this issue substantively. According to the head of their Foreign Ministry, status and security are important for Armenia. What is status - is it clear, but what is security? The co-chairs also want to understand this point. There must be a security formula when the Azerbaijani population returns to liberated areas. The Armenian population of Karabakh is our citizens and their security will be fully ensured. But this is our understanding, but what is the Armenian side of it? ", the Azerbaijani Foreign Minister said.