By Akbar Mammadov
Azerbaijan is committed to the speedy political settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said at the meeting of the Council Foreign Ministers of the Commonwealth Independent States (CIS) held through video-conference on May 12.
“The negotiations cannot last forever, and the negotiations must not serve to the continuation and maintenance of the situation that arose from a result of the use of force, occupation and ethnic cleansing,” Mammadyarov said.
Mammadyarov noted that the realities of the modern require effective interaction and coordination of efforts of all states against new challenges and threats to stability and security.
“However, the unresolved conflicts in the CIS, especially the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, do not allow for full and effective realization of the integration potential within the Commonwealth and are the major obstacle to closer interaction of CIS member states against new challenges and threats”, the minister added.
“The recent statements made by the Armenian leadership show that the Armenian side is doing everything possible to prevent the activation of the process of peaceful settlement of the conflict, thereby creating new threats to regional stability and security”, Mammadyarov said.
The minister reminded that as stated in the UN Charter, the Helsinki Final Act, the Charter of Paris and the known UN Security Council resolutions, Azerbaijan has the right to restore its territorial integrity by all means within its internationally recognized borders.
In the end, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister noted that a speedy resolution of conflicts based on the sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of borders of states will undoubtedly contribute to the strengthening of regional and international security, social progress and economic cooperation in the region.
Akbar Mammadov is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow him on Twitter: @AkbarMammadov97
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