Dep. Chief of Presidential Administration of Azerbaijan : Contradictory Statements of OSCE MG Co-chairs Lead to Delay of Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Settlement
Azerbaijan , Baku / corr. Trend A.Ismaylova / Official Baku considers that contradictions in the opinions of the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group may lead to a delay in the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. According to the Head of Foreign Relations Department of the Executive Apparat of the Azerbaijani President, Novruz Mammadov, this is not the correct approach.
He thinks that there are instances for other kinds of conflicts in the world, for instance, the idea which had been made in connection with the situation in Kosovo. In addition, the "road map" of the USA had been worked out in relation to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Several years ago, the U.N. Secretary General, Cofi Annan offered a plan for Cyprus .
Mammadov said that the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, as members of the OSCE and as experts, may make their suggestions with regards to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement within the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan . However, instead of making such proposals, they make various statements and in most cases, results in prolonging the negotiation process.
"I consider that the co-chairs cannot demonstrate a necessary and concrete position on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement. After visiting Armenia , the co-chairs get behind Armenia 's position, and therefore, it is impossible to achieve the necessary results in the negotiation process," Mammadov stated. Touching on the efforts of the co-chairs to put the responsibility for conflict settlement on Azerbaijan and Armenia , Mammadov said that this is the root cause of the incorrect approach.
The position of Azerbaijan is to strengthen the region and international processes and therefore, it is high time to resolve this conflict.