Azerbaİjanİ presİdent calls last meetİng wİth Armenİan counterpart over Karabakh settlement ‘formal’
APA. No progress was made towards the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in 2015 and the last meeting with the Armenian president was only formal in nature, said Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.
He made the remarks at the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers on Jan.10 dedicated to the results of socio-economic development in 2015 and objectives for the future.
According to the head of state, the problem lies in the fact that Armenia does not seek peace and is trying to preserve the status quo as long as possible, and is unwilling to withdraw from the occupied lands.
“Armenia thinks of the negotiations as no more than a simple process. They are delaying the process and are eager to see the negotiations in the future too as a process with no end,” said President Aliyev.
“However, Azerbaijan’s stance is wholly different and it wants the conflict settled. The OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs have repeatedly said they also want a solution to the conflict. Of course, this is what the mediators are supposed to do. But regrettably, no pressure in this respect is being exerted on the invader,” he stressed.
Azerbaijan’s position regarding the conflict is based on international law and the resolutions of the UN Security Council, the president added. “Azerbaijan got the upper hand along the contact line in 2015, dictating its will. And Azerbaijan will keep on building up its combat capability,” Aliyev warned.