18 Oct 2017 13:32

Azerbaijani, Armenian FMs to discuss Karabakh, meeting venue yet to be chosen - Mammadyarov

BAKU. Oct 18 (Interfax) - The foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia, Elmar Mammadyarov and Edward Nalbandian, will meet soon to discuss the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement, Mammadyarov told a press conference in Baku on Wednesday.

"A meeting between the two foreign ministers will take place shortly. We do not so far know what city that will happen in," Mammadyarov said at a joint press conference with Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski.

The Karabakh settlement negotiations should be "intensive and substantive," Mammadyarov said. "We have discussed that with the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs. They have a number of ideas. The primary purpose of the foreign ministers' meeting is a meaningful discussion," he said.

Mammadyarov called remarks made by Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan after his meeting with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in Geneva on October 16 incorrect. "The presidents discussed conflict settlement at great length in their meeting," he said.

Sargsyan said after the Geneva negotiations that he did not reach any specific agreements on the Karabakh settlement with Aliyev.

"However, I want you to be certain on one issue: for us, there is no solution which could somehow violate the security of Karabakh. The only solution for us is for Karabakh to be outside Azerbaijan. Never will any Armenian leader be able to make and carry out such a decision. And to that end, we will do all we can by developing Armenia in parallel, strengthening our country economically," Sargsyan said.