30 Apr 2019 21:19

Format of Karabakh talks remains unchanged - Azerbaijani president

BAKU. April 30 (Interfax) - Baku's stance on the settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani crisis has not changed, President Ilham Aliyev said, noting that a solution to the problem should be found as part of Azerbaijan's territorial integrity.

"Our position on the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict remains unchanged. Baku's principled position is that the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict should be settled within the framework of Azerbaijan's territorial integrity," Aliyev said at a government meeting chaired by him.

This position was reflected in the decisions and resolutions, which have been endorsed by various international organizations, specifically the UN Security Council's relevant resolutions on Azerbaijani occupied territories, he said.

"There is no other approach. Azerbaijan's territorial integrity has not been and is not a subject of talks. The negotiating format remains unchanged. However, some attempts were made to change it, but they were futile," Aliyev said.

The OSCE Minsk Group has reaffirmed in its recent statement that Armenia and Azerbaijan are the only opposing sides of the Nagorno Karabakh crisis, the president said.

The country's leadership will continue building up Azerbaijan's might and national army, Aliyev said. "We will continue strengthening our state and army," the Azerbaijani president said.