YEREVAN (Yerkir/Armenpress)– Azerbaijan’s Foreign Affairs Minister Elmar Mamedyarov said Friday that Baku was prepared to negotiate a peace agreement directly with Karabagh’s authorities if the Armenia’s of Karabagh acknowledge that they are citizens of Azerbaijan.
Mountainous Karabagh Republic’s (MKR) Foreign Affairs Ministry responded by saying that MKR authorities responded that they have always supported direct participation in the negotiations without preconditions.
"Karabagh citizens have never been and will never be citizens of Azerbaijan. The statemen’s by the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry are made for the Azeri public and do not reflect the reality of the Nagorno Karabagh conflict settlement," added MKR’s Foreign Ministry.
Mamedyarov also said that Armenia must walk out of the negotiation process and recognize the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan.
"But I am afraid Armenia would not want Azerbaijan to hold direct talks with Nagorno-Karabagh," he was quoted by Trend news agency as saying. Mamedyarov reiterated that Baku would have to resort to force to end the conflict if the talks did not produce progress.