Bayram Safarov: Armenia tries every means to inhibit meetings between Nagorno-Karabakh communities
“The Azerbaijani community of Nagorno-Karabakh has always taken up a constructive position and stated its readiness for dialogue,” said Bayram Safarov, chairman of the Azerbaijani community of Azerbaijan’s Nagorno-Karabakh region, commenting on James Warlcike’s statements to the Armenian media that meetings between the sides are extremely important in terms of rebuilding mutual trust.
“We’ve said many times that dialogue between the Azerbaijani and Armenian communities of Nagorno-Karabakh region which actually belongs to the Republic of Azerbaijan is vital, and it could be crucial after the rebuilding of mutual trust and a peace treaty are achieved. However, the Armenian side doesn’t appear to be demonstrating a constructive position. We made many attempts for such meetings to take place, but the opposite side tries every means to inhibit that. The co-chairs too are key figures in the building of dialogue and trust,” said Safarov.
The community chairman added that the co-chairs too should make serious efforts and proposals concerning dialogue between the communities.
“At all our meetings with the co-chairs, we inform them of the position of the Nagorno-Karabakh’s Azerbaijani community, and we believe they will consider our serious efforts and proposals over the building of dialogue and trust. Having always held a destructive position regarding dialogue and trust, Armenia now brings some new pretexts into play; the Armenian foreign minister made a ridiculous proposal like the participation of the illegal Nagorno-Karabakh regime in meetings with the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs. But up until now, the illegal regime has not participated in any round of the negotiations and cannot,” he said.