Azerbaijan Highly Appreciates Clause On Karabakh In NATO Chicago Declaration
The 47th paragraph of the Final Declaration of the NATO’s Chicago Summit corresponds completely with the progress of negotiations on the settlement of Nagorno Karabakh conflict, said spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Elman Abdullayev.
Elman Abdullayev commented on the opinions of Armenian foreign minister Edward Nalbandian that the above-mentioned article of the Chicago Declaration will damage the negotiations process on the settlement of Nagorno Karabakh and protracted conflicts: “Such statement by the Armenian official is completely baseless. This article corresponds completely with the L’Aquila and Muskoka declarations, negotiations processes and updated Madrid principles.”
Abdullayev noted that Nalbandian’s approach to the document is non-constructive and aims to confuse the society of Armenia.
The spokesman said the Azerbaijani side highly appreciated the declaration, which was adopted in Chicago and noted that this document showed the fair position of Azerbaijan: “Such declaration shows that NATO demonstrates fair position again. Several countries, including OSCE Minsk Group co-chair countries France and the US also signed the declaration. These countries showed their approaches again”.
Abdullayev noted that Nalbandian’s statement that “the relevant clause of Final Declaration of Chicago Summit is contrary to the negotiations process of settlement of Nagorno Karabakh conflict and can damage the negotiations” was absurd, because France and the US that are mediating in the conflict’s settlement signed this Declaration.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev attended the summit, but Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan didn’t participate in the event.
The Declaration says: “We remain committed in our support of the territorial integrity, independence, and sovereignty of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and the Republic of Moldova, and will also continue to support efforts towards a peaceful settlement of these regional conflicts, based upon these principles and the norms of international law, the United Nations Charter, and the Helsinki Final Act”.
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