Azerbaijani FM Elmar Mammadyarov answered journalists' questions following the three-hour-long discussions.
Speaking of 'intensive and deep' negotiations, Mammadyarov noted that co-chairs presented additional documents for more informative negotiations. Despite the increasing tensions on the contact line, Azerbaijani FM expressed his assurance for continuation of negotiations between Azerbaijan and Armenia.
'There are serious differences between the sides. Generally, we understand all suggestions. They are the same. Over the past 15 years, we have seen the same ideas and peace plan. The talks focused on the details as there were some disagreements in the details. We realize that there is a need for more political will. Even the situation on the contact line of troops should not impede the progress towards a final declaration or a peace treaty,” he said.
Mammadyarov pointed out that the parties exchanged views several times in order to strengthen mutual confidence. However, the minister underscored the importance of taking some initial steps towards resolving the problem.
“One of the most important elements is ensuring the return of soldiers to barracks. In this case, it will be possible to create a better ground for peace. As for the normalization of the situation, we need to prepare the people for peace as we mentioned in the previous meetings in Paris and Moscow,” the minister added.