On Sunday, President Ilham Aliyev received a delegation led by the OSCE Chairman-in-Office and Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde.
According to the press service of the president, at first a one-on-one meeting took place, and then in an expanded format.
“We attach great importance to your visit. OSCE is an organization directly involved in the resolution of the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Thus, now the conflict remains in history, and we must look to the future. Today we discussed with you how to build future work. I think that the last 4 months after the war have already demonstrated the will of both sides to close the page and direct attention to the future,” Aliyev said.
He noted that Azerbaijan has already begun the restoration of the territories liberated from the occupation. The area of the completely destroyed territory is more than 10 thousand square km.
“We have already started the process of negotiations on opening communications between Armenia and Azerbaijan. This is part of the Statement signed on November 10th. Several stages of negotiations have already taken place at various levels. I think that this very issue can become the starting point in order to completely close the page of the war and leave it in history, ”Aliyev said and added:“ This can lead to potential cooperation in many other areas. I have already openly said that Azerbaijan is ready for this,” he stressed.
In turn, Ann Linde said that the main priority of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office is to protect the security system in Europe and to support a comprehensive concept of security linking security with democracy, human rights and the rule of law. “Of course, we will consider what we can do to contribute to the settlement of the conflict on the OSCE territory. Therefore, in this context, of course, the priority issues for us are international law, international human rights, humanitarian law, women, peace and security. I think we can work together on these issues,” she said.
Source: Turan News Agency