Azerbaijani Permanent Mission to OSCE: Armenia should be forced to withdraw its troops from occupied Azerbaijani territories – “Armenia’s relying on the status quo is a historical mistake”

Baku: “Addressing the OSCE Permanent Council, Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian tried to distort the true nature of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict,” said the press service of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry, APA reports.

Delivering a speech at the meeting, member of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the OSCE said that Azerbaijan is committed to the settlement process of the conflict and supports the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group in this regard: “Armenia should immediately start comprehensive and structured negotiations in response to the challenges of the international community and presidents of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chair countries.

As agreed at the meeting of the presidents in Paris, exchange of information about missing persons should be ensured under the auspices of the International Committee of the Red Cross. The Armenian side should immediately release our compatriots Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev, who were illegally taken hostages. Armenia’s activity in the conflict zone hinders the achievement of progress in the negotiations. Armenia’s main goal is to strengthen the status quo and continue the occupation of Azerbaijani territories.”

It was noted that existence of Armenian armed forces in the internationally recognized territories of Azerbaijan remains the most serious obstacle to achieving progress in the negotiations, as well as establishing trust in the conflict zone.

This is the only reason for the incidents and systematic shootings along the front line and the Armenian-Azerbaijani border: “Withdrawal of Armenian armed forces from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan will significantly strengthen the trust between the conflicting parties and create new opportunities in the negotiation process.

Necessary conditions will be created for confidence upon demilitarization of the conflict zone, rehabilitation of the conflict-affected areas and return of the Azerbaijani internally displaced persons to their lands. Obviously, the sooner we start the restoration of dialogue between Azerbaijani and Armenian communities of conflict-affected Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan, the sooner new chances will appear for peaceful joint living of the communities.

Armenia’s relying on the status quo is a historical mistake. All OSCE participating states should force Armenia to withdraw its troops from occupied Azerbaijani territories and start work on the great peace agreement.”

SOURCE: Azeri Press News Agency