ArmInfo. The next meeting of the chapters Azerbaijani and Armenian Foreign Ministries on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement The conflict is planned for January 2020. About this in an interview Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said.
"We talked for 3.5 hours (with the Foreign Minister of Armenia Zohrab Mnatsakanyan in Bratislava on December 4 - IF). We started the meeting with the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, then we retired two times with my Armenian counterpart. We touched on essential issues. First of all, we had to understand where the "red line" is located, that is, the line cannot be crossed. We understand where this line is in Armenia, they probably understand where this line is in Azerbaijan, "Mammadyarov said, Interfax- Azerbaijan reports .
According to him, the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict should be phased in nature. At the same time, Mammadyarov noted that in the statements of the Prime Minister of Armenia and the Foreign Minister of this country there are certain contradictions, and they contradict the mandate of the OSCE Minsk Group.
"We agreed to continue the meeting, the next one will take place in January. The exchange of views at the last meeting was quite tough. This is manifested in the positions. For example, the main leitmotif of speeches at the OSCE Ministerial Council in Bratislava is that it is necessary to resolve all conflicts within the framework of the territorial integrity of countries. And only The Armenian Foreign Minister made the opposite statement, which even on the sidelines of the summit aroused bewilderment in everyone, "Mammadyarov assured.
The Foreign Minister stressed that the Armenian side "is cunning when it is based on the clause of the right of self-determination in the framework of the Helsinki Final Act when resolving the conflict." "This moment is stated in the act as follows: equal rights of people and self-determination subject to territorial integrity. This is what we always talk about. Azerbaijanis should return to Nagorno-Karabakh, to their homes," Mammadyarov said.
According to him, the new government of Armenia positions itself as democratic. "If so, then let's normalize our relations. Many questions on the position of the current Armenian authorities are difficult to understand. Some statements are intended for the internal Armenian audience. But since we continue the meeting, there is no alternative to negotiations. The Armenian side also understands this. In January 2020, we will continue meetings. Our priority is territorial integrity within internationally recognized borders. If we are negotiating, we need to move forward, "the Foreign Minister stressed.
Mammadyarov added that the domestic political situation in Armenia affects the statements and actions of the Armenian side. "The internal situation in Armenia is ambiguous, if not complicated. This all probably affects the positions and statements of the Armenian side on Karabakh. Therefore, the statements of the Armenian side are often directed to the internal audience. I think that the Armenian side is now in a painful search for how get out of this situation, "the minister concluded.