Armenian FM passes off Karabakh conflict’s stage-by-stage settlement as package plan

Armenia’s Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian is being himself, passing off the stage-by-stage settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict as a package plan, Novruz Mammadov, deputy head of Azerbaijani presidential administration, chief of the administration’s foreign relations department, wrote on his Facebook page June 22.

Nalbandian said in an interview with Armenian media that no agreement was reached on the conflict’s settlement during the meeting in St. Petersburg June 20.

“Nalbandian is in his usual style. He immediately passed off the stage-by-stage settlement as a package plan,” said the top official. “I wonder will he be ashamed in front of other participants of the meeting for his lie? As for my participation in the meeting, wasn’t it he sitting right in front of me? Mr. Minister, one can lie, but this is too much.”

Earlier, Mammadov said that an agreement on the stage-by-stage settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was reached in St. Petersburg meeting.

“During that meeting, the priority was given to the stage-by-stage settlement of the conflict. That’s to say, from now on, it is necessary to act step by step in the settlement process: first, the liberation of Azerbaijan’s five districts, then two more districts and determining the corridor and afterwards, determining the status of Nagorno-Karabakh,” said the top official.

“The parties in principle, reached agreements in this regard,” added Mammadov.

“Such an agreement has been reached for the present,” said the top official.

Mammadov didn’t rule out that as before, Armenia can take provocative steps and refuse from fulfilling its promise.

Presidents of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia, Vladimir Putin, Ilham Aliyev and Serzh Sargsyan adopted a joint statement following the meeting in St. Petersburg June 20.

Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents confirmed the agreements reached during the Vienna meeting held May 16 on stabilizing the situation in the zone of conflict and creating an atmosphere to push forward the peace process, said the message on the website of Kremlin.

For this purpose, the sides agreed to increase the number of international observers in the zone of conflict.

Source: Trend