Baku (UNA-OIC) – Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan Dr. Hikmat Hajiyev announced that his country is awaiting the visit of a high-level delegation from the OSCE Minsk Group to Baku, to launch a serious peace process between Azerbaijan and Armenia.
Hajiyev, who also serves as the head of the Foreign Policy Section of the Presidential Court, said Sunday in a press statement that Azerbaijan is seeking to recover its lands from Armenia through peaceful means and serious negotiations. He added that Baku is awaiting the visit of a high-level delegation from the Minsk – a group headed by the Ambassadors of Russia, France and the United States, and is affiliated to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, consisting of 11 countries – to instigate the peace process.
He accused Armenia of failing to respect the ceasefire and continuing its unconstructive stance, pointing out that the violation of the armistice on an almost daily basis was sometimes the main reason for the outbreak of clashes between the two sides on the borders.
Hajiyev described peace talks with Armenia as ineffective and made clear that his country does not wish to participate in formal talks on the Karabakh mountain conflict.
“The discussions should be organized within a framework consistent with the principles of the Minsk Group and are authorized to conduct dialogue between the two sides, guided by international principles, the Helsinki Final Act and the decisions of the United Nations,” he asserted.
Stressing the urgent need for an expanded meeting, Hajiyev also shared that “The Azerbaijani side is awaiting an increase in the delegates participating in the Minsk Group leadership, and we need to make concrete efforts from it to hold intensive discussions with the participation of 11 members states of the group to reach peaceful solutions.”
On the developments of the current situation, the Assistant to the President said that Armenia continues its provocations towards the Peacock Province from the Azerbaijani-Armenian international borders. He explained that the situation was fully evaluated by President Ilham Aliyev in the meetings of the Security Council and the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Hajiyev accused Armenia of trying to bring the political-military organizations that it has joined, and involve third parties in the conflict, to disrupt the development projects implemented by Azerbaijan, damage the East-West transport corridor and oil and gas pipelines, expose the region to new environmental disasters and occupy new lands.
It noteworthy that Karabakh region conflict is one of the largest conflicts that broke out between the Republic of South Caucasus, Azerbaijan and Armenia in 1988.