Hikmet Hajiyev: changing format of Karabakh talks can't be topic of discussion
The format of negotiations on the settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is known, and changing it is not and cannot be a topic of discussion, head of the Foreign Policy Affairs Department of the Azerbaijani Presidential Administration Hikmet Hajiyev said, commenting on Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan's statement regarding the format of the negotiations.
Hajiyev recalled that the negotiation process is being conducted between Armenia and Azerbaijan as parties to the conflict through the mediation of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs.
He described holding three meetings between Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, four meetings between the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia after the change of power in Armenia as a vivid example of the fact that negotiations are held on the basis of the existing format.
"The statements by the Armenian authorities on changing the format of the negotiation process are nothing more than attempts to deliberately drive the talks into a dead end and disrupt the negotiation process. Responsibility for this fully falls on Armenia," Hikmet Hajiyev concluded.