Baku responds to Kerry’s statement on Karabakh conflİct
APA. As a country suffering from Armenian occupation, Azerbaijan is the side most interested in the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Hikmat Hajiyev, spokesman for the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry, toldAPA on Friday.
He responded to US Secretary of State John Kerry, who had remarked in a statement that the necessary conditions are not available for the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakhconflict.
Committed to the spirit of the Vienna and Saint Petersburg meetings, the Azerbaijani side favors settling the conflict through substantive talks, Hajiyev noted.
“Despite few statements have been made to the press, the substantive talks are still ongoing,” said the spokesman. “These substantive talks, as stated by the heads of state of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chair countries, are meant to result in a change of the unacceptable status quo and liberation of Azerbaijani territory from occupation.”
Hajiyev added that there is no need to invent new formulas or equations to resolve the conflict.
“The political and legal bases of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement are well known,” he said. “Among them are the UN Security Council’s important resolutions, rules and principles of international law and the Helsinki Final Act.”
The spokesman stressed that the Helsinki Final Act confirms the principle of people’s right to self-determination must be expressed in a manner that does not harm the principle of territorial integrity of states.