Araz Azimov: ‘The co-chairs are precluding the Minsk Group from working in full strength’

Araz Azimov: ‘The co-chairs are precluding the Minsk Group from working in full strength’
# 09 July 2014 12:11 (UTC +04:00)

The deputy minister said Azerbaijan witnessed this case several times: “For instance, during the 20th anniversary of the Minsk process in 2012, I called on both partner countries and other countries to hold a high-level conference to celebrate this day. This initiative received support from our administration. But some time later, we saw that the co-chairs were unwilling to allow that. Perhaps, they prefer to conduct their work within the trinity, far from pressure, distracting international community. However, the other countries of the Minsk Group—Turkey, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and others—show interest in the process and build their interests in accordance with the international principles of norms and law. Their positions rest upon these principles. It would be not bad at all if Armenia feels and realizes that its position is not in line with that of world community”.

Araz Azimov said he is against the replacement of the Minsk Group’s format with another one: “First of all, the most leading figures of the world community are being represented at the Minsk Group. Secondly, the UN Security Council’s resolutions in 1993 confirm the existence of the Minsk Group. Our positions are based on these resolutions. It would be right to approach positions on a selective basis. The resolutions should maintain their importance. The alteration of the Minsk Group will harm those resolutions. And finally, the Minsk Group’s format eliminates the participation of Nagorno-Karabakh Armenians in the process. Because both Azerbaijanis and Armenians, as the communities of Nagorno-Karabakh, are able to participate in this process at their own level. They do not participate in decision making but are able to voice their positions”.

Based these reasons, the deputy minister said the Minsk Group’s format meets the interests and positions of both Azerbaijan and other countries involved in the process.

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