YEREVAN (ArmRadio)—Baku is hampering progress in the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process by refusing to negotiate with the authorities in Stepanakert, Armenia’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Shavarsh Kocharyan, said Friday.
“By refusing to negotiate with Nagorno Karabakh, Azerbaijan hinders the progress in talks, but still it won’t be able to avoid responsibility for the consequences of its aggression,” Kocharyan said, commenting on statements made by Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov a day earlier.
“Mr. Mammadyarov presented to journalists the results he can achieve if he negotiates with himself, and if a peace agreement is designed only by Azerbaijan, and if this country signs it with itself,” Kocharyan added.
“Obviously, the recent statement by the foreign minister of Azerbaijan, is another unlucky attempt to justify the aggression against the self-determined Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, in flagrant defiance of the UN charter, in the Azerbaijani Constitution,” he continued.
Mammadyarov told reporters Thursday that the status of Nagorno-Karabakh could be decided only after more than a million Azerbaijanis were allowed to settle in Karabakh. He also said the constitution required that any referendum on Karabakh be open to all of Azerbaijan’s voting population.
According to Kocharyan, the Constitution was adopted after the signing of a ceasefire agreement with Karabakh and” is in no way connected with the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, which has its own Constitution.”