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Armenia against UN involvement in Nagorno-Karabakh issue

Yerevan. (Interfax-AVN) – Armenia expressed disapproval on Tuesday of any international body except the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) being involved in efforts to settle the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

“Either Armenia continues negotiations with Azerbaijan within the framework of the Minsk Group of the OSCE and in the context of the agreements that have been reached or Azerbaijan should hold negotiations with Nagorno-Karabakh or with Armenia with the participation of the Karabakh side,” Armenian Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanian told reporters.

He said UN resolution on Nagorno-Karabakh proposed by Azerbaijan would be an obstacle to the settlement process.

“If Azerbaijan wishes to remove individual tasks and solutions from the total package of the Karabakh settlement process and to lobby them with organizations that have nothing to do with the settlement of the Karabakh conflict, Azerbaijan should in that case hold negotiations either with Nagorno-Karabakh or with Armenia with the participation of the Karabakh side,” he said.

Earlier, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammedyarov told Interfax: “The inclusion of an item on the situation on the occupied territories of Azerbaijan in the UN General Assembly agenda will exercise nothing but a positive effect on the negotiation process.”

“We take the view that the debate in the UN by no means replaces debates in the OSCE Minsk Group,” he said.

“It is difficult to see the negotiations as frank when, along with them, the Armenian side is populating occupied territories in Azerbaijan, including beyond the administrative border of Nagorno- Karabakh,” he said.

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