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Elmar Mammadyarov: Azerbaijan stands ready for intensive negotiations to achieve progress in resolving Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Minister Elmar Mammadyarov, welcoming the OSCE Secretary-General Thomas Greminger and members of the accompanying delegation, underscored the great significance that Azerbaijan attaches to cooperation with the OSCE as a regional organization, Report informs citing press service of the Foreign Minsitry.

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Noting the fundamental principle of indivisibility of security within the OSCE, Elmar Mammadyarov stated the importance of ensuring that all Member States are committed to their obligations under the Helsinki Final Act. In this regard, Minister Mammadyarov stressed that the Republic of Armenia, grossly violating the commitments undertaken by the Helsinki Final Act as a member of the OSCE, continues to use the force to occupy the Nagorno-Karabakh region and adjacent districts of Azerbaijan. Furthermore, Minister pointing out that the OSCE, since its establishment, was involved in the settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict, stressed necessity of redoubling the efforts to change the status quo of occupation and to ensure withdrawal of armed forces of Armenia from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan.

Elmar Mammadyarov added that the illegal presence of the armed forces of Armenia in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan constitutes the primary threat to regional peace and security.

Recalling that the relevant UN Security Council’s resolutions and the Helsinki Final Act constitute the mandate of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs, the Minister Mammadyarov stressed that Azerbaijan stands ready for substantive and intensive negotiations to achieve progress in resolving the conflict and ensuring a lasting and just peace in the region.       Continue Reading