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19 August, Monday

Preparing nations for peace means preparation for peace in Armenia - Azerbaijani FM

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When the sides talk about preparing nations for peace, it concerns, first and foremost, preparation for peace in Armenia, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said in response to a question from Armenian journalists in Brussels.

Replying to the statement of Armenian journalist that it is impossible to achieve a real settlement of the conflict without adding the illegal regime created in the occupied lands of Azerbaijan to the negotiation process, Mammadyarov said it isn't entirely correct, because the co-chairs made visits to the region and traveled to Karabakh throughout all the years that the negotiations have been held, and communicated with representatives of the Armenian community of Nagorno-Karabakh.

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"Plus, both under the former and the current administration, I hope that they inform the representatives of the Armenian community of Karabakh about everything that happens at the talks. By the way, your leadership also said so.  The question is not whether they are participating or not. The question is that we need to take a serious political approach to the decision in order to sit down and complete the process, this is what I deem substantive negotiations. In what language should I say, read your Constitution, the Constitution of the 1990s, and then we will talk. You sit there and deceive yourself, you want to deceive the Armenian people. I am asking you - what did the Armenian people get during the 30 years of war with Azerbaijan?" the minister asked.

When the Armenian journalists asked "what did Azerbaijan get?", Mammadyarov named the opening of roads, the construction of a gas pipeline and an oil pipeline.

The diplomat noted that when the preparation of nations for peace is being talked about, it concerns, first and foremost, the preparation for peace in Armenia.

"You have closed borders with at least 2 out of 4 countries, and the third one is about to get closed. And? Think and ask yourself," Elmar Mammadyarov stressed.

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