Official Baku has announced the conditions on which it agrees to “make peace” with Armenia.
A statement of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry published in Azerbaijani mass media reads:
Azerbaijan offers the following principles for the normalization of relations:
– mutual recognition of each other’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, inviolability of international borders and political independence;
– mutual confirmation of the absence of territorial claims of states to each other and the legal obligation not to make such claims in the future;
– to refrain from threatening each other’s security in interstate relations, from the use of threats and force against political independence and territorial integrity, and from other circumstances inconsistent with the purposes of the UN Charter;
– delimitation and demarcation of the state border, establishment of diplomatic relations;
– the opening of transport and communications, the establishment of other relevant communications and cooperation in other areas of mutual interest.
“On these basic principles the two states, by holding intensive, substantive and result-oriented negotiations, can conclude a bilateral peace agreement,” the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Earlier, the Armenian Foreign Ministry said that Armenia appealed to the co-chairmanship of the OSCE Minsk Group to start negotiations with Azerbaijan to negotiate a peace agreement.
However, Azerbaijan’s listed demands essentially imply a veiled rejection of Nagorno-Karabakh’s independence.