"Intensive" negotiations on Karabakh after snap election

пресс-секретарь МИД Азербайджана Хикмет Гаджиев

"After the presidential elections in Azerbaijan and Armenia, intensive talks towards a Karabakh settlement will continue," said Hikmat Hajiyev, spokesperson for Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry, in Baku on 7 February.

Hajiyev said that in the course of a visit to Azerbaijan, the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (MG) - Stefan Visconti (France), Igor Popov (Russia) and Andrew Schofer (USA) - and Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk were received by President Ilham Aliyev to discuss the settlement of the Karabakh conflict.

He said the sides agreed that intensive talks would be continued on the basis of existing opinions and proposals after the presidential elections to be held in Azerbaijan and Armenia.

"As a country subjected to aggression and occupation, Azerbaijan supports efforts towards a speedy settlement of the conflict by way of substantive and logical negotiations," he said.

He said that the status quo was not acceptable and could not last, therefore the situation must change.

He said that for the status quo to change, Armenian armed forces must completely and unconditionally pull out of Azerbaijan's territories, as demanded by four UN Security Council resolutions.

The OSCE MG co-chairs visited Azerbaijan 6-7 February. After the Baku visit, the OSCE MG co-chairs traveled to Yerevan. The mediators will also visit Azerbaijan's occupied territories.