A meeting between Azerbaijani and Armenian foreign ministers was held in Brussels on July 11. Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hikmat Hajiyev said at the meeting that the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs proposed to hold a meeting of the foreign ministers of the UN General Assembly this year and the Azerbaijani side expressed its satisfaction with the proposal.
He said that the proposal of the co-chairs to meet the Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents will be reported to the heads of state by the foreign ministers of the two countries. "The co-chairs are scheduled to visit the region again in autumn 2017. During the meeting, Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said once again that the Armenian troops should be withdrawn from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan in accordance with the existing plans presented by the co-chairs for the settlement of the conflict and ensuring security in the region”.
According to H. Hajiyev, the establishment of any mechanism in the Mammadyarov-Nalbandian meeting was not a topic of discussion.
Although no results were achieved, the foreign ministers came together and exchanged ideas on the resolution of the conflict. In general, what does the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia in the current tense situation promise?
Elman Nasirov, a parliamentarian and political analyst, told "Kaspi" that the chances of such a meeting after the last military offensive of the Armenian Armed Forces looked unlikely: "Because the co-chairs, who were in Armenia on June 10 and 19 in Azerbaijan, had declared that they intended to hold a meeting at the level of foreign ministers. At that time the Armenian press reported that the meetings would take place in Vienna, but this was a disinformation on their part. Then it turned out that the meeting would be held in Brussels. The co-chairs worked hard to make this meeting happen. Because of the possibility of such a meeting after the said military offense in Armenia and the absence of such meetings, there is no doubt that the opportunities for the conflict are widened. Therefore, the meeting of ministers had become obligatory. In reality, it was pointless to expect a special outcome from this meeting. Simply, the Azerbaijani side once again expressed its position in this meeting. The Azerbaijani Foreign Minister once again stated that the only reason behind the situation in the region, which is the main cause of the conflict, is that the Armenian Armed Forces keep their occupying status in the Azerbaijani territories, and their presence there leads to aggravation of the situation. As long as this is not eliminated, there is no peace and security in the region. "
According to Nasirov, the co-chairs will attempt to hold a meeting at the level of presidents: "Azerbaijan is interested in holding such meetings as it is a peaceful country, but with one condition. Negotiations should have an essence, a content. It's not necessary for Azerbaijan to hold negotiations just for the sake of it. President Ilham Aliyev has repeatedly stated this. We need substantial negotiations, anything other than that is a waste of time."
Political scientist Fikret Sadikhov said that the foreign ministers' meeting was the initiative of the Minsk Group co-chairs: "It seems that they wanted to seat ministers at one table, given the current complicated geopolitical situation in the region. Because their main purpose is to maintain the existing status quo. I am sure that during the meeting, Elmar Mammadyarov proudly stated Azerbaijan's position. Because they have to understand that Azerbaijan will stick to a non-negotiable position and will do its best to liberate the lands”.
According to Sadikhov, our participation in this meeting shows that Azerbaijan, despite the complicated situation, is open to all negotiations: "Substantial negotiations have always been the main goal of Azerbaijan. Because we intend to settle the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict by using both negotiation and other means. It was understood from the meeting of the Azerbaijani and Armenian foreign ministers that no agreement has been reached. However, Azerbaijan's position on this issue has been reiterated once again. It seems to me that we have to turn to military operations in some cases. We must do real and concrete work to liberate our lands from occupation. "