Tuesday, July 7 2020 12:43
Marianna Mkrtchyan

Aliyev: The Armenian side has been trying for two years to change the  format of negotiations

Aliyev: The Armenian side has been trying for two years to change the  format of negotiations

ArmInfo. For two years now, the  Armenian side has been trying to change the format of negotiations  and states that Azerbaijan should negotiate with the "fictitious"  leaders of Nagorno-Karabakh.

APA reports that Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said this on July  6 in an interview with local television channels.

At the same time, the Azerbaijani leader expressed dissatisfaction  with the fact that the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group do not  "properly" react to such actions of Armenia, just as they do not give  a corresponding assessment to the statements of the Prime Minister of  Armenia that Karabakh is Armenia, and in addition accused the  mediators of attempt to "please both yours and ours." "But this time  has already passed. We demand clarity. Who are these steps taken by?  Armenia. We are committed to the format of negotiations, we take  their essence as a basis. Of course, not all of us are satisfied with  it. But we said that it suits us and that does not suit us "And what  does Armenia do?  Claiming" Karabakh is Armenia "completely erases  the essence of the negotiations. Thoughts about the need to change  the format of negotiations make them meaningless," the Azerbaijani  leader assured, adding that Baku expects more serious, specific and  targeted statements from mediators. 

"You know, we are patient and trying to be constructive. But today  the negotiation process is practically not going on. The  videoconferences of the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan  do not matter. It just shows that the Minsk Group is acting. But how  much can it be? Being active means I said that we won't conduct  negotiations for the sake of imitation. We want to negotiate on the  merits. Now they have come up with the expression <substantive  negotiations>. They themselves have come up with this expression, its  essence is clear - yes, without changing the format of negotiations  in essence and not supplementing the subject of negotiations on the  table. In this case, of course, we will participate in the  negotiations. Otherwise, there will be no need for meaningless  negotiations. That is what we expect from the Minsk Group and are  firmly in our position. We proved our case as on international arenas  and on the battlefield, and let no one forget about the April  battles, " lured Aliyev.

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