Azerbaijani FM: Absense of joint statement on Nagorno Karabakh due to Yerevan’s unconstructive position (UPDATE)
Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec.7 / Trend, E.Tariverdiyeva /
The absense of a joint statement of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs and the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan, is due to Yerevan's non-constructive position, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov told journalists when commenting on the results of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs' meeting within the 19th annual meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Dublin.
"Unfortunately, because of Yerevan's non-constructive position, which has a habit of renunciating of its previous agreements, we could not agree on a joint statement of the co-chairs and foreign ministers," Mammadyarov said.
The minister said that the absense of Yerevan's political will and decisive steps is due to the presidential elections in Armenia.
As Mammadyarov said, unfortunately, the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group did not use enough persistency regarding this issue.
Mammadyarov stressed that the core of the problem is the presence of Armenian Armed Forces on Azerbaijani territory, which greatly impedes resolution of the conflict. Even starting the withdrawal of the troops from the Azerbaijani occupied territories will create conditions for the beginning of the conflict resolution
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan.
Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 per cent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven 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 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.