Foreign Ministry: Azerbaijan ready to closely cooperate with Schofer
Baku is ready to continue close cooperation with the newly appointed US co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group on settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Andrew Schofer, Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry’s Spokesman Hikmat Hajiyev said.
According to him, in general, Azerbaijan’s expectations from the OSCE Minsk Group carry institutional, not an individual character.
"Co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, in line with their mandate and on the basis of the relevant UN Security Council resolutions, should ensure the withdrawal of Armenian armed forces from the occupied Azerbaijani territories, contribute to the restoration of Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity and return of internally displaced persons (IDPs) to their native lands, Trend cited the Azerbaijani official as saying.
Hajiyev stressed that, nonetheless, in 25 years of its existence, the Minsk Group has not been able to ensure the achievement of these aims.
He recalled that OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs, who also are the permanent members of the UN Security Council, had directly participated in the adoption of the Council’s resolutions on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Hajiyev stressed that these resolutions reconfirm the sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of the internationally recognized borders of Azerbaijan and demand the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of Armenian armed forces from the occupied Azerbaijani territories.
“We are grateful to the interim US co-chair Richard Hoagland for his activity, particularly, for demonstration of the principled position of the US (co-chairing the Minsk Group) in the question of ensuring the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Azerbaijan, withdrawal of Armenian armed forces from the occupied Azerbaijani territories, and wish him success in his future professional activity,” the diplomat said.