After the end of the conflict, which lasted for about thirty years as a result of the aggression of Armenia, and after the two countries gained independence, for the first time, they stand on the threshold of peace with the obligation of mutual respect for each other’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of borders, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov said speaking at a special meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council on Tuesday.
It was said that there are opportunities and real prospects for establishing peace, strengthening stability, ensuring peaceful coexistence, advancing the peace agenda, investing in economic development and cooperation.
The minister said that within the framework of the Azerbaijani-Armenian normalization process, negotiations are underway on the text of a bilateral peace agreement. He noted that the talks held over the past few weeks in Washington, Brussels, Moscow and Chisinau made it possible to better understand the positions of the parties.
Bayramov stressed that Azerbaijan expects mutual political will from the Armenian side to overcome differences in three specific areas that form the agenda of bilateral discussions. In this context, Armenia’s continued illegal military presence in the sovereign territories of Azerbaijan, consistent interference in internal affairs, obstruction of dialogue between the central authorities of Azerbaijan and the Armenian residents of the Karabakh region of the country, and the conduct of a smear campaign on an international scale, including within the framework of the OSCE, are the main obstacle for negotiations on the normalization of interstate relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia.