"Repeating Nikol Pashinyan’s absurd statement in Khankendi of the Armenian-occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region actually puts Zohrab Mnatsakanyan in an unenviable position in front of the international community, first of all, before the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs," said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Leyla Abdullayeva commenting on Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan’s statement who repeated Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s provocative statement
to the question of “what is the country's official position on Nagorno-Karabakh?”.
Abdullayeva said that such irresponsible rhetoric is not only contrary to international law and the position of international mediators, but also undermines all efforts to settle the conflict peacefully: The official position of the Armenian government, which is focused on, is the basis for attracting the attention of international institutions.
The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry has sent letters to the Secretary General of the UN and the OSCE, as well as the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the other member states of the group, and has already expressed its position on the dangerous situation caused by N. Pashinyan's statements.
The Azerbaijani side, mentioning the grave consequences of the unresolved Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, as well as the occupation of internationally recognized territories of Azerbaijan by Armenia, considers the recent statements of the Armenian Prime Minister as a "red line" that further aggravates the situation.
We strongly urge the Armenian side to pay close attention to the decision of the OSCE Ministerial Council dated March 24, 1992, as well as the mandate of the OSCE MG co-chairs. These documents clearly define the necessary steps to achieve a peaceful settlement of the conflict. The peaceful settlement of the conflict should not be based on the recognition of the consequences of armed aggression, but should be based on the UN Charter, the provisions of the Helsinki Final Act, and on the decisions of the UN Security Council and the OSCE.