German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes the recent contacts between the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan, but says that words must be followed by concrete actions.
“The parties must be ready to take actions after words,” Merkel said at a joint press conference with visiting Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.
She hailed the Armenian PM’s courageous steps, and stressed the need for the opposite side to be ready for such steps, as well.
Nikol Pashinyan further clarified that any solution to the Karabakh conflict should be acceptable to the peoples of Armenia, Nagorno Karabakh and Azerbaijan.
“When I said these words a few months ago, I hoped to hear a similar statement from the opposite side, but no one in Azerbaijan has ever said the solution should be acceptable to Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh,” he added.
The Prime Minister said there cannot be great hopes unless Azerbaijan makes a statement.
He noted that “Armenia is committed to solving the issue exceptionally in a peaceful way, but added that he cannot negotiate on behalf of Nagorno Karabakh.
“I have made it clear that I can negotiate only on behalf of Armenia, but not on behalf of Nagorno karabakh, because they have not given me a vote. They have their own government and their President, and the negotiations should be conducted by their elected representatives,” Pashinyan stated.
The Armenian Prime Minister stressed that there has long been accepted format for negotiations – the Minsk Group chairmanship, but the Minsk group is wider, which means the international community is well involved in the process.
PM Pashinyan stated that the Minsk Group has been effective in ensuring stability in the region, but added that the international community cannot solve the issue instead of the tree parties to the conflict.
“It can provide a platform for negotiations, and the Minsk Group has successes in creating such platform,” he stated.