Edward Nalbandian: Azerbaijan not ready to accept the final version of the Basic Principles
YEREVAN, JUNE 25, ARMENPRESS:
"The President of the Republic had stated in Strasbourg that it would be possible to expect positive results, progress in Kazan if Azerbaijan did not propose new amendments.
Yet, the Kazan summit didn't achieve a breakthrough, because Azerbaijan was not ready to accept the final version of the Basic Principles proposed by the three Co-Chairs," Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said, commenting on the results of the Kazan meeting.
"In Deauville the Co-Chair countries had urged the Presidents to come to an agreement in Kazan. President Obama in his phone conversations with the Presidents had made the same call. The President of France Sarkozy had sent messages to the Presidents, as well.
Despite it the Azerbaijani side proposed approximately a dozen of amendments, and that is the reason why the Kazan meeting did not prove to be a breakthrough," the Minister stated.
"In any case, I think the meeting was useful in the sense that the detailed discussions continued. And the important point is that President Medvedev, who made a great input in this process during the last three years, expressed willingness to continue his efforts towards according the principles and achieving a final agreement over them.
This was already the 12th meeting between the parties during the last three years. But during this last year Azerbaijan has, in fact, repeated this scenario of coming up with new amendments and proposals at least four times. This is the reality.
Nonetheless, we will continue the negotiations, because there is no other way for the settlement. It is possible to solve the conflict only through peaceful means and negotiations," Minister Nalbandian concluded.