Armenia, Azerbaijan perceive Madrid principles differently – President

Back in 2007 Armenia stated the principles underlying the Madrid proposals provide an opportunity to reach fair solution to the Karabakh conflict. They are non-use of force or threat of force, territorial integrity, the right of nations to self-determination, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said on Wednesday answering questions of the PACE delegates in Strasbourg.

He stressed the problem is Armenia and Azerbaijan perceive the principles differently.

President Sargsyan said Azerbaijanis have recently claimed they are willing to reach settlement by military means. It is violation of the first principle, he added.

“As regards the second principle, we have no problem. The Armenian government has never represented the territorial claims not only to Azerbaijan, but another states as well. For this reason, Armenia has not recognized Nagorno-Karabakh’s independence.

The right of nations to self-determination is also acceptable. Over the recent years it gave an opportunity to create dozens of states.

Azerbaijanis think otherwise. Azerbaijanis say they recognize, but in this case, within the borders of their state. We say it is a truncated self-determination.  Self-determination must be such as to give an opportunity to decide their fate. The essence of the Madrid principles is that they can not be accepted. We do not have any reservations,” he said.





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