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Foreign Minister: Breakthrough in Store if Armenia Accepts All Proposals

Baku Today / Assa Irada 25/08/2005 15:50

Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov has said that progress will be achieved in talks on the Nagorno Karabakh conflict settlement if Armenia accepts the proposals made by Azerbaijan.

“We are ready for talks. The sides have mutual understanding on certain issues. If Armenia is ready to accept all of our proposals, there will be a breakthrough in the talks.”

Mammadyarov told local TV channels after an informal meeting with his Armenian counterpart Vardan Oskanian in Moscow on Tuesday that the parties exchanged views on the talks between the two presidents due Saturday.

The Minister continued that the US, Russian and French co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group mediating the conflict resolution have stepped up their activity and continue to put forth ‘compromise’ proposals.

Touching upon the Karabakh status, the Minister stressed the importance of discussing the issue strictly within Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity. “There are different ways to resolve the issue. Dialogue on the matter should therefore continue….We approach the conflict resolution from the conceptual standpoint. The main idea is for us to find a way for Azeris and Armenians to live peacefully in a small territory. The sooner we find a way for this, the more rapidly our states will develop, as the conflict is an obstacle for our countries’ development. We should focus on the processes ongoing around the world and look to the future.”

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