On December 1, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced that Azerbaijan agreed to discuss the issue of the status of Artsakh before the meeting in Prague.
“And based on all that, the Russian side formulated its version of the peace treaty, which was handed over to the parties in the spring, and the question of status postponement was included in it. And, by the way, the Azerbaijani side said that was ready to support almost everything, but the issue of status should be revised. And at the meeting in Sochi at the end of October, we wanted to return to that issue and understand to what extent our partners were ready to act on this gentleman’s understanding now, to resolve all issues, and leave the issue of the status of Karabakh for “later”, but when President Aliyev and Prime Minister Pashinyan came to Sochi, they brought the document from Prague that said they wanted to sign a peace treaty guided by the UN Charter and the Declaration of Alma-Ata. And the Declaration of Alma-Ata on the creation of the CIS clearly states that the borders between the new states will be based on the borders of the former Union Republics of the USSR, where the Nagorno Karabakh Autonomous Region is a part of the Azerbaijan SSR.
…It is not for nothing that the RA leadership has recently been talking more not about the status, but about the need to ensure the rights of the Armenian population in Karabakh. The Azerbaijani side is ready for this, they are ready to provide guarantees of rights that other citizens of Azerbaijan have. And no one remembers the Minsk Group.”
The de-facto authorities are deliberately destroying any possibility of discussion about the status of Artsakh, being determined to leave Artsakh as part of Azerbaijan. With this, there is no opportunity to propose an alternative option for the intermediary countries, because Armenia, which is a direct party to the negotiations, actually recognizes Artsakh as part of Azerbaijan. If they choose the latter between the status of Nagorno Karabakh and the vague wording of “ensuring the rights and security guarantees” of Artsakh Armenians, this means that they are consciously leading the Armenians of Artsakh to genocide, which they accuse Azerbaijan of preparing.
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