YEREVAN, January 22. / ARKA /. Armenia’s foreign minister Edward Nalbansyan has once again accused Azerbaijan of seeking to obstruct negotiations between Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers over the Nagorno-Karabakh ahead of his planned meeting with the opposite counterpart in Paris later this week.
His accusations come after Karabakh’s military officials said that Azerbaijani “sabotage groups” attacked their positions at two different sections of the “line of contact” killing an Armenian serviceman, Armen Hovannisian.
"However, the negotiations should continue. There is no alternative," Nlabnadian told a news conference today in Yerevan.
Nalbandian said the basic conflict settlement principles - non-use of force or the threat of its use, the right of peoples to self-determination and territorial integrity, proposed by the OSCE Minsk group co-chairs, remain on the table.
"Unlike Azerbaijan, Armenia has repeatedly affirmed its commitment to these principles while Baku continues unsuccessful attempts to ignore both these principles and the co-chairs’ calls. Azerbaijan is trying to turn everything upside down creating an illusion for its own people, «said Nalbandian.
Nalbandian is leaving for Paris today to meet with the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs on January 22 and with Azerbaijani foreign minister Elmar Mammadyarov on January 24. -0-