AZERBAIJAN IS ON A TRACK REACH AGREEMENT ON LIBERATION OF OCCUPIED TERRITORIES: POLITICAL EXPERT
Dec 2 2009
"I would not like to be too optimistic about outcome of the Athens
meeting between Azerbaijani and Armenian foreign ministers and accept
it as realistic," Azerbaijani political expert Fikrat Sadigov said.
"Unfortunately, encouraging statements by the OSCE Minsk co-chairs
have become a regular and identical phrases that are made from meeting
to meeting. They did not differ this time, too. These statements are
just rephrased each time while the outcome is not more concrete and
tangible," the expert said.
"I think co-chairs again try to balance both sides – the country part
of which is occupied and the country which is an aggressor."
"It is clear that powerful forces, global players back Armenia. But
Azerbaijan’s significance as a leading state in the region, as a
country rich in hydrocarbon resources and as a country with important
strategic location in the region has increased significantly in recent
years. Therefore, these forces understand that they need to develop
at least partnership ties with Azerbaijan. Also, it is clear that
Azerbaijan will consistently press for liberation of its occupied
territories," Sadigov added.
"Therefore, Azerbaijan has prioritized active diplomatic activity
and dynamic striving to realize its national interests. How will this
be done – either by signing the basic principles or any contract are
technical issues," he noted.
"The negotiation seem to be revived due to which Azerbaijan is on a
track to reach tangible agreement and achieve liberation of occupied
lands," he said.