Azerbaijani FM: Lavrov’s latest ideas can provide good impetus to Karabakh peace talks

Baku: The OSCE/ODIHR’s refusal to observe parliamentary election in Azerbaijan cannot go without seriously undermining the prospects of our future cooperation with the ODIHR.

Elmar Mammadyarov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan made the remarks at the 22nd OSCE Ministerial Council meeting in Belgrade.

The minister said that this situation must be addressed and proper procedures should be put in place to prevent re-occurrence of such incidents in the future.

“The protracted conflicts in the OSCE area remain the major threat and challenge to peace and security on the European continent. I regret to inform the Ministerial Council that no substantive progress has been achieved in the settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict since the last Ministerial Council meeting in Basel. Armenia continues to disregard the calls of the international community, including the Presidents of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chair countries to start result-oriented negotiations on a peace agreement,” said Minister.

“The unlawful presence of the armed forces of Armenia in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan is the major destabilizing factor with the potential to escalate at any time with unpredictable consequences. The settlement of the conflict must, therefore, start with immediate, complete and unconditional withdrawal of Armenian forces from Azerbaijani territories, as demanded by the UN Security Council resolutions. Putting an end to Armenian aggression against Azerbaijan and withdrawal of Armenia’s troops will be a significant confidence building measure completely changing the dynamics of peace process and opening up immense opportunities for the development of South Caucasus. Latest ideas proposed by Mr. Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, supported by other OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs can provide a very good impetus to reach a breakthrough in peace talks,” he added.