Taking into account that Azerbaijan is the initiator of the normalization process between Azerbaijan and Armenia, including the signing of the peace agreement, it is surprising that the Armenian side made such statements.
APA reports that Aykhan Hajizadeh, the head of the press service department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, said this while commenting on today's statement of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia Ararat Mirzoyan.
"We would like to remind the other side once again that the negotiations on the peace agreement are not usually conducted in the way presented by Armenia.
It is known that the text of the peace agreement was submitted by Azerbaijan for discussions in Geneva on October 2 last year, and the discussions on the document were continued in Washington.
Despite the agreement to hold the third meeting in Moscow on December 23, 2022 as a continuation of the negotiation process, the Armenian side did not participate in the meeting on a unilateral basis, unfortunately, thereby disrupting the negotiation process.
We declare once again that Azerbaijan is ready to sign a peace agreement based on the 5 basic principles of the peace process and to hold the next meeting on negotiations as the initiator of the text of the said agreement in a short period of time.
"The Azerbaijani side expects Armenia to agree to hold the next meeting in order to conduct negotiations on the text of the peace agreement, not provocative statements that harm the peace process," the MFA official stressed.
It should be noted that Ararat Mirzoyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia, answering questions in the Parliament of Armenia on December 18, 2023, said that Armenia has been waiting for a response from Azerbaijan regarding proposals for a peace treaty for 1 month, and the Azerbaijani side has stopped negotiations.