Baku, Azerbaijan, May 16
Azerbaijan stands for intensive talks to move forward peace talks on Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Hikmat Hajiyev told Trend, commenting on the controversial reaction of Armenians to today's speech by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.
"As a result of political crisis when change of government happened in Armenia Azerbaijani side stated that if sober minded politicians came to power then progress in resolution of conflict was possible. However, it seems that new oсhlocracy regime of Armenia tempts to repeat faults of previous regime?! Against the background of OSCE Minsk Group Co-chairs statement and comments of Azerbaijan's Foreign Minister after Paris meeting MFA of Armenia continues to demonstrate old style destructive position. If press secretary of MFA Armenia who is remnant of Sargysian's regime makes such futile statements with the instruction of new Foreign Minister then assuredly same fate expects new regime of Armenia", Hajiyev said.
Ministry’s Spokesperson added, that bringing unrealistic new elements can only paralyze the entire negotiations. "Very soon we will see which path is chosen by Armenia. But everyone must know that Azerbaijan's patience has its limits."
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.