Azerbaijani President: If Armenia continues to pursue its policy of occupation and simulate negotiations, Azerbaijan will seriously change its position
Azerbaijan`s territorial integrity will be restored, President Ilham Aliyev said in an interview to Azerbaijani journalists in Istanbul, when asked about peace talks over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the AzerTaj state news agency reported.
The Head of State said Armenia has not yet responded to the updated Madrid principles presented by the OSCE Minsk Group.
"Under these circumstances, the mediators should have their say. Azerbaijan has basically agreed with these principles," President Ilham Aliyev said.
"There is no answer from Armenia and I think that mediators should pronounce on that. For how long will Azerbaijan and the mediators wait for the answer?"
He said the updated Madrid principles had been put forward by the three Minsk Group co-chairs. "I hope they will respect their proposals," the President said. "Serious signals should be sent to Armenia, which has been undermining the peace process in the past few months. If we are all interested in continuing negotiations, some steps must be taken."
"If Armenia continues to temporize or officially reject these principles altogether, then Azerbaijan must seriously ponder over the prospects of its participation in the process. We are thinking about this and considering different options and will try to restore our territorial integrity in any way possible way. I personally do not doubt that the country's territorial integrity will be restored... But if Armenia continues to pursue its policy of occupation and simulate negotiations, Azerbaijan will seriously change its position."