Russian MFA: Issues related to settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict should be considered within existing format
BAKU, Azerbaijan, Apr. 24
By Leman Zeynalova - Trend:
The issues related to the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict should be considered within the framework of the existing format, Russian Foreign Ministry told Trend.
“Our position as the co-chairing country of the OSCE Minsk Group has been repeatedly voiced in joint statements by the top leaders of Russia, the US and France. It is based on the fundamental principles of the Helsinki Final Act, including the principles of the non-use of force, territorial integrity and the right to self-determination. The components of the settlement as reflected in these statements include the return of the territories surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh, as well as the determination of the final legal status of Nagorno-Karabakh based on the will of the population. As for the documents and proposals that were considered and are being considered, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov listed them,” said the ministry.
The issue of the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is rather sensitive, the ministry noted.
“Bringing it into the realm of public debate is counterproductive. We presume that conflict resolution issues should be considered during the negotiations within the established format. Consultations on the subject are ongoing, which, in particular, is confirmed by the video conference of the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan with the participation of the co-chairs on April 21, 2020,” the ministry said.
Earlier, answering Trend's question, Russian foreign minister Lavrov stressed that of course, the UN Security Council’s resolutions on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict are the well-known documents.
"They were adopted at the height of the hostilities, and envisaged, first of all, the complete cessation of hostilities and switching to the conflict settlement,” the Russian foreign minister added. “They confirmed the territorial integrity of the Azerbaijan Republic.”
“But they also demanded to stop the war and start negotiations,” Lavrov said. “Since then, the negotiations have started more than once. There were agreements in 2001 and subsequent agreements in different formats.”
“So far, the format of negotiations has already been established with Baku, Yerevan, the OSCE Minsk Group represented by three co-chairs and the personal representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office,” the Russian foreign minister added. “The format is useful and good. This format reflects the requirement of the UN Security Council about the necessity to end the war and begin to negotiate."