Azerbaijan urges Armenia to get back to the negotiation table, not to engage in manipulation of international public opinion, Assistant to the First Vice-President of Azerbaijan Elchin Amirbayov said.
He pointed out that Azerbaijan has proposed a peace agreement to be signed with Armenia on the basis of the fundamental norms and principles of international law.
“Of course, respect for each other’s territorial integrity, sovereignty, and inviolability of internationally recognized borders is one of these principles. We appreciate any assistance we can get or facilitation to overcome the existing remaining difficulties between us and Armenia in order to be able to sign the peace treaty, the draft of which has been submitted to Armenia almost a year ago," Elchin Amirbayov stressed.
He pointed out that unfortunately, since last November, Armenia has been blocking all attempts to gather again to discuss. “Instead of getting together with the Azerbaijani negotiators to talk about the details of the peace agreement, they have been engaging in this diplomacy by correspondence when they send their comments on our draft by post.
"I think that all diplomats would agree that the best way to sort out differences is around the table in a physical presence. So, we do hope and we urge Armenia to get back to the negotiation table, and not to engage in the manipulation of international public opinion," he said.
The diplomat added that what is happening on the Lachin road is the result of the violation by Armenia of the provisions of the Trilateral statement on ceasefire signed in November 2020.