June 25, 2011 - 10:08 AMT
Baku failed Kazan meeting with attempt to impose 10 new proposals

Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian has explained why no agreement on the Nagorno Karabakh conflict resolution was reached during the trilateral presidential meeting in Kazan on June 24.

“When addressing the PACE plenary meeting recently, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said that progress may be registered during the Kazan meeting in case Azerbaijan doesn’t put forth new proposals regarding the settlement,” Minister Nalbandian said.

“The June 24 meeting was not a breakthrough, as Azerbaijan proved unready to accept the final version of the basic principles suggested by the OSCE Minsk Group Co-chairs. Instead, the Azerbaijani leader attempted to impose 10 new proposals, thus precluding the possibility of any agreement on the issue,” he added.

Anyway, as the Minister said, the meeting was important for further discussions. He also thanked Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for his personal contribution to peace and stability in the region.

“It’s not for the first time that Azerbaijan prevents a possibility to reach an agreement. Nevertheless, we will continue talks, as there is no other way to resolve the Karabakh conflict,” Edward Nalbandian said.

The June 24 meeting between the Presidents of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia, which was eyed as an opportunity to fix considerable progress on the way to the conflict resolution, ended in a statement saying that the heads of state “noted the reaching of mutual understanding on a number of questions, whose resolution helps create conditions to approve the basic principles."