ArmInfo.. As of today, there is no need to talk about a meeting between the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan, since such a meeting is not planned. On September 16, RA Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan stated this from the rostrum of the National Assembly, answering the question of MP of the Armenian parliament Arman Babajanyan.
According to the Prime Minister, discussions are underway about the possibility of a meeting. The head of the Armenian government noted the constructive nature of the statement of the OSCE Minsk Group co- chairs, which corresponds to the ideas of the Armenian side about the need to resume the negotiation process on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. As Nikol Pashinyan noted, the Armenian side has its own principles on the negotiation process, which were previously voiced. At the same time, the Armenian side does not consider these principles a precondition for the resumption of negotiations. Another issue is that Baku comes out with a precondition according to which Karabakh should be perceived as part of the territory of Azerbaijan. In this context, the Prime Minister continued, the statement of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs should be perceived as logical and constructive. He noted that the negotiation process after the July clashes is no different from before the July ones. Before the July events, Azerbaijan constantly made bellicose statements that did not correspond to the logic of the negotiation process.
The position of the international community is clear and understandable: the Karabakh issue should be resolved exclusively by peaceful means through negotiations. The July events showed that one cannot speak the language of force with Armenia and Artsakh. "Earlier, Azerbaijan has repeatedly stated that it is capable of solving the Artsakh issue within 24 hours. It turns out that Azerbaijan was wrong, and we are right, "said the head of the Armenian government. To recall, the Co-Chairs of the Minsk Group are Ambassadors Igor Popov of (Russia) ; Stephane Visconti ( France); and Andrew Schofer (USA), as well as the personal representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk held intensive consultations on September 14 in Paris. According to the OSCE, the Co-Chairs discussed the situation in the region, focusing on further developments after the escalation of violence on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border in mid-July.
The mediators discussed in detail and assessed the private and public messages and concerns of the parties, the report says. Kasprzyk presented the security situation on the ground and the co-chairs welcomed his concrete preparations for the resumption of monitoring activities. The mediators held separate telephone conversations with the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan, Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and Jeyhun Bayramov, and invited the ministers to personally meet with them in the coming weeks to further clarify their positions "with the aim of resuming serious substantive negotiations without preconditions." "The Co- Chairs, in accordance with their mandate, the OSCE continues to actively and fully participate in facilitating the negotiations on a peaceful and comprehensive settlement," the message says.