14 Dec 2018 17:53

Baku expects progress in Karabakh settlement in 2019 - Azerbaijani FM

BAKU. Dec 14 (Interfax) - Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov says that the formation of a new government in Armenia in 2019 will help achieve progress in settling the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

"We hope that with the formation of a new government in Armenia based on the mandate of that country's people, we will achieve progress [in settling the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh] in 2019 and provide good conditions for establishing peace, stability, and progress in this region," Mammadyarov said at the 39th ministerial meeting of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) in Baku on Friday.

By continuing its "policy of occupation," Armenia has deprived itself of economic growth, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry quoted Mammadyarov as saying.

"This also causes damage to efforts to normalize common regional trade. The military occupation of Azerbaijani territories does not settle the conflict and will not produce the political result sought by Armenia," he said.