Ilham Aliyev: Baku ready to open communications between Azerbaijan and Armenia
Baku is ready to open communications with Yerevan, which will be a starting point for putting an end to the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said on Sunday at a meeting with visiting OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde.
"We already started the process of negotiations on the opening of communications between Armenia and Azerbaijan. That was part of the statement which was signed on November 10. Negotiations already had several rounds, different levels and I think that this particular issue can be a starting point for completely turning the page of war and leaving it to the history," he was quoted as saying on the presidential website.
According to the Azerbaijani leader, opening of communications will be in the interests of the entire region, giving a fresh impetus to cooperation and opening new possibilities. "And it can bring after many other areas of potential cooperation. I already publicly spoke that Azerbaijan is ready for that," he stressed, adding that the four months that have elapsed after the war "already demonstrate the will of both sides to turn the page and to concentrate on the future."
Linde, in turn, said that the OSCE "would see if there is anything we can do to contribute to resolving conflict in the OSCE area" and stressed that in this context international law, human rights, humanitarian law, peace and security are of top priority for the OSCE.