Mammadyarov mentioned Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s proposals to the conflicting parties regarding the peace settlement, saying the other co-chair countries of the OSCE Minsk Group also support these proposals.
“It’s no coincidence that Lavrov paid working visits to Baku and Yerevan in 2014 to discuss with the Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents these proposals, which cover the agreements reached during the meetings of the presidents in Sochi, New Port, and Paris in 2014 and which is based on the updated Madrid principles,” he said
“The Madrid principles include six items and they are well known. The principles envisage phased liberation of the surrounding districts of Azerbaijan’s Nagorno-Karabakh region and other issues,” Mammadyarov added.
According to the minister, time has come to begin the process of drafting a peace agreement under the proposals relying on the updated Madrid principles that are supported by the OSCE MG co-chairs.
As for Yerevan’s position, Mammadyarov said that by committing subversive actions on the contact line of troops and along the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, Armenia seeks to deliberately aggravate the situation and undermine the resolution of the conflict through various illegal acts in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan.
“As can be seen, despite concrete proposals in the negotiation process, the Armenian side makes no statements on them, bringing up the mechanism of investigating incidents and other minor issues, and [Armenian authorities] issue only speculative statements intended for internal audience. Even Armenian lobby groups in the US and other countries are pursuing a policy of diverting attention from the fundamental issues that will serve comprehensive settlement of the conflict and focus on the mechanism of investigation,” he said.