"Existing unresolved conflicts in the ECO region, including Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict, prevent our full fledge cooperation," said Elmar Mammadyarov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan during his speech at the Meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Economic Cooperation Organisation, the Ministry told ONA.
According to the Mr Mammadyarov, challenging realities on the ground must be fixed, so to allow greater cooperation between our countries: "There is also another important provision in our communiqué, which mentions the importance of withstanding other pressures in the region, including common threats and pertinent conflicts."
Azerbaijani Minister said unfortunately this is not just a political reflection of the reality, but as well the pressing issue of forgone economic opportunities for our region. "For example, if it were not for the occupation of our territories by Armenia, we would have a direct swift railway link between Iran and Nakhchivan. They are and should even more be grounded on the principles of solidarity. No regional economic cooperation is possible if political and military challenges, including the cases of occupation and illegal activities in the occupied territories are not removed. That’s why what the Declaration of Islamabad Summit of 2017 emphasized in respect to this very issue should be streamlined in ECO Member States own national and regional activities."