WHICH PARTY WILL BE THE FIRST TO REJECT MADRID PRINCIPLES – AZERBAIJAN OR ARMENIA?
19.08.2009 14:46 GMT+04:00
/PanARMENIAN.Net/ <Rumors about NKR conflict settlement in the
nearest future are based on pure assumptions since there’s no concrete
information as to what is awaiting us,> ARFD Hay Dat Bureau Director
Kiro Manoyan told today a news conference. According to him, OSCE
MG Co-Chairing states want Armenia and Azerbaijan to agree to basic
principles before October 14. Updated principles are not yet available,
but they will be submitted to parties late in September.
<Mediator countries wait for Armenia and Azerbaijan’s positive reply,
but those principles are not favorable to either of parties. Both
Yerevan and Baku are reluctant to agree to Madrid Principles, but none
of them wants to be the first to say "no" as that may be perceived
as the country’s unwillingness to compromise,> Manoyan said.
The speaker also noted that Azerbaijan has never made official
statement on principles being favorable.
<Why October 14? Because mediators want to satisfy Turkey’s demands,
which has announced that Armenian-Turkish border will not open unless
Karabakh conflict is resolved,> the speaker said, accounting the
stagnant state in Armenian-Turkish rapprochement by that factor.
During the joint conference with his Serbian counterpart Boris Tadiæ,
President Sargsyan said he’d go to Trukey to watch Armenia-Turkey
return football match only in case the border is open or parties are
in the run-up to lifting the blockade.
Return match between Armenian and Turkish national football teams
is scheduled for October 14 in Bursa, in the football stadium after