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May 22 2010


'Armenia avoids serious steps towards peaceful settlement of Karabakh conflict'
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Asim Mollazade 'At present a document, designed by the Minsk Group, is
not accepted by Armenia.

Turkey has made it clear that it would not sacrifice its national
interests for the sake of America and open borders with Armenia until
the Armenian forces withdraw from the occupied lands of Azerbaijan.

And to this day it holds its position', said chairman of the Party of
Democratic Reforms, deputy Asim Mollazade.

'This proves that in a democratic country like the United States, the
corresponding lobby organization of the ethnic diaspora, especially
such a politically active diaspora as the Armenian, succeed in
damaging the public interest of the United States, the national
security interests of this country. In my view, the essence of this
the problem lies precisely in this.

And this is Azerbaijan and Azerbaijani politicians were concerned
about such support for Armenian separatists in the United States at a
time when nearly a million of Azerbaijani refugees and IDPs cannot
return to their homes, occupied by Armenians', he said.

The deputy also noted that Armenia avoids serious steps towards a
peaceful settlement of the conflict.

'As you know, at present a document, designed by the Minsk Group, is
not accepted by Armenia. Meanwhile, Azerbaijan accepts these
proposals, putting forward its own compromises and demonstrating a
positive attitude. But I would like to repeat that Armenia avoids
making serious steps towards a peaceful settlement of the conflict. We
therefore expect international organizations and states to hold
policies calling Armenia to peace and compromise. We expect it both
from the United States and from Russia and France.

Also, I would like to note that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will
play a great role in this, as it was his initiative to hold meetings
of the presidents at the official level and sign the Moscow
Declaration. Therefore, I believe that the destructive position of
Armenia does not only harms the image of the president of Russia, but
also the heads of other countries, and Co-Chairs.

In my view, the other co-chairs of the Minsk Group should take serious
steps in this direction and finally contribute to the economic and
democratic development of the region. We - the people of Azerbaijan
and Azerbaijani society - expect these steps from both the co-chairs
and international organizations'.

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