The Armenian prime minister’s view - "involvement of Nagorno Karabakh in the negotiation process is not a change of format, but a restoration" should be clarified, since there are no documents and decisions that could support its validity, said the press service of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry.
We would like to reiterate the last statement of the Minsk Group co-chairs, which clearly underlines the unchangeable nature of the negotiation process. The same statement was made by high-ranking EU officials. This position of the international community is a serious signal for Armenia, and it also supports Azerbaijan's fundamental position.
Nevertheless, in order to clarify the realities of the negotiation process, we consider necessary to pay attention to the following issues.
First, UN Security Council resolutions 822, 853, 884 and 884 unequivocally confirm the sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of the international borders of the Azerbaijan Republic, and also require the immediate, complete and unconditional withdrawal of the Armenian occupying forces from the territories of Azerbaijan. These resolutions constitute the legal basis for resolving the conflict.
Secondly, we will consider the decision of the additional meeting of the CSCE Council of Ministers in Helsinki on March 24, 1992. As is known, this document instructs the OSCE Chairman-in-Office to convene a peace conference on the peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in Minsk, and in this regard the document states: “Elected and other representatives of Nagorno-Karabakh will be invited to the Conference as interested parties by the Chairman of the Conference after consultation with the States participating at the Conference.” By the elected and other representatives of Nagorno-Karabakh reflected here are meant both the Armenian and Azerbaijani communities of the Nagorno-Karabakh region of our country. We remind you that in the last statement of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs there is a reference to both communities precisely as to the parties concerned. As for the question of inviting interested parties to the Minsk conference, which is supposed to be convened after the withdrawal of the Armenian armed forces from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, the invitation of both communities of the Nagorno-Karabakh region of our country as interested parties can be considered, of course, when an appropriate agreement is reached