ArmInfo.Official Baku issued an unclear statement in response to accusations by Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan made during an online press conference on June 27.
In particular, Pashinyan stated during an online press conference that Azerbaijan responds to all the peace initiatives of Armenia with aggressive rhetoric. In this regard, the Prime Minister noted that the tripartite statement establishes the legal obligation of Azerbaijan and Armenia to achieve the opening of communications. He accused Azerbaijan of unwillingness to open communications. Pashinyan cited two cases when a preliminary agreement was reached on holding a meeting of the commission on the delimitation and demarcation of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, and in both cases Baku either refused or demanded to postpone it. The same applies to transport communications. < Azerbaijan tries to make an impression that Armenia opposes the unblocking of transport communications, which violates the provisions of the tripartite statement," Pashinyan said, adding that with its attempts Baku is trying to make an impression that Armenia does not want to fulfill its obligations under the tripartite statement, and thereby legitimize a new war against Armenia and Karabakh.
The RA Prime Minister also noted the importance of continuing the activities of the OSCE Minsk Group and expressed bewilderment at the statements of the Russian Foreign Minister on this issue, made in Baku.
In this regard, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry decided, already by tradition, to shift all the blame to Armenia and assured that these statements by Pashinyan cast doubt on the desire of this country to establish peace in the region.
"Azerbaijan presented Armenia with the basic principles for concluding a peace treaty. If Azerbaijan wanted war, it would not do so. Azerbaijan also calls for delimitation of borders between the two countries and opening all communications in the region," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan noted, adding that the obligations, taken by the parties on tripartite statements and their implementation are obvious.
"As for Pashinyan's statements about the disruption of the June 27 meeting by Azerbaijan, the Armenian side, under various pretexts, has repeatedly disrupted meetings with the participation of international mediators. If Armenia really wants peace, then it must show political will and take steps towards peace, and not try to revive the format, the effectiveness of which has always been low, and its participants openly admit the impossibility of its functioning," the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry said in a comment.