Armenian FM distorts meaning of Sochi agreement
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb.7 / Trend E.Mehdiyev /
The Azerbaijani side opposes imitation of the negotiations on the peaceful settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict while the Armenian side avoids war, Mubariz Ahmedoglu, political scientist, director of the Center for Political Innovations and Technologies, said at a briefing on Tuesday.
"That's why in current situation start of real, practical settlement - is "panacea" for all conflicts and uncertainties," he said.
He noted official Yerevan started to act to underestimate the importance of the Russian active position in the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict.
The Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian distorted paragraphs of the agreement signed on the initiative of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Mr Ahmedoglu said.
"In order to cast a shade on the Sochi statement and strengthening position of Russia, official Yerevan uses such expressions as "only by peaceful means", "sniper should retreat" which were in previous documents. There are no such expressions in the Sochi statement," he said.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 surrounding districts.
Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.