Speaking about the statement of the “war for new territories” voiced by the Armenian defense minister, Mammadyarov said that this approach is misleading.
"We just finished meeting Vienna and issued the statement 3+2 and within the next three hours Armenian defense minister issues a statement: 'I have the formula now: not peace for territories but war for new territories'. This has created a lot of confusion. On one side we have some positive sentiments, on the other side the minister of defense starts creating new difficulties. That is one of the issues we should work on. I think that sooner they will realize that the annexation policy, separatism is not going to fly in international relations, the better," Mammadyarov said.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.