BAKU (APA)—A senior presidential advisor to President Ilham Aliyev on Thursday blasted international mediators of the Karabakh conflict, calling their insistence that the conflict be resolved by the sides as “ridiculous.”
This comes days after Armenian and Azeri foreign ministers, Eduard Nalbandian and Elmar Mammadyarov, issued a joint announcement expressing their countries’ willingness to move forward with the OSCE Minsk Group-mandated efforts and pledged more talks on the presidential level.
Aliyev’s chief foreign policy advisor Novruz Mammadov said that the international community, particularly the heads of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing states, should change their position on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,
“We have witnessed all the processes of this conflict—the occupation of Azerbaijani lands. Having witnessed this, the West says that the sides should solve the problem themselves and the international community will support them. This is ridiculous in the context of international relations. This cannot last long,” said Mammadov.
“They [the international community] should take a clear position, and get the Armenian troops withdrawn from the occupied territories under the [relevant] UN Security Council resolutions. If there is international law, it must be applied. Then the co-chairs will know what they need to do and take the necessary steps,” added Mammadov.
“Is there a need for this group to continue to operate if professional politicians from each state fail to join this process and take productive steps? I believe that given the above, the co-chairs should work to develop new and serious steps,” said Mammadov.
He also went on to blame Armenia and its posturing for the failure in progress of the talks.
“In the course of the talks, the international community, the co-chairs themselves and even the Russian president, who also attended the talks, once again witnessed that the Armenian side uses various pretexts to delay the negotiating process. All proposals made by Armenia are unacceptable in the international community,” Mammadov claimed.
Mammadov also called Armenia’s position that Azerbaijan is stalling talks “wrong.”
“It is commonplace for the Armenian side to make such remarks. They often use similar tactics to delay the negotiating process. The international community is also well aware that the Armenian side from time to time makes such false statements to disrupt the process to tackle the problem and puts forward unacceptable proposals,” said Mammadov.
“If the Armenian side believes that making such statements from time to time is useful for it, it is wrong. Perhaps some members of the Armenian government seek to stay in power through such methods. This is a great tragedy for the Armenian people. What is most ridiculous and absurd is that, aware of their tragedy, they remain committed to this,” explained Mammadov.