‘BY CONSTANTLY SAYING HALVA THEIR MOUTH IS NOT BEING SWEETENED’: SHAVARSH KOCHARYAN
"Today there is a document on the table which is the 2007 Madrid
Principles. After that various proposals have been by the [OSCE Minsk
Group] co-chairs which have mainly been rejected by Azerbaijan,"
Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharyan said at a program
yesterday aired by the public TV in reference to a statement by the
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.
As a proof of the said Kocharyan pointed to the proposal to drawing
back the snipers from the borderline – something Azerbaijan has
"In fact, based on the statements made by Azerbaijan and compared
to the disclosed part of the Madrid Principles, where it is
clearly mentioned that the issue must be resolved based on three
international principles – nation’s right to self-determination,
territorial integrity and non-use of force – it leaves the impression
that the Baku negotiates with itself, comes to a solution beneficial
for itself and then attempts to present it as a result of talks,
because what Azerbaijan states is definitely contradicting to the
Madrid Principles," said Kocharyan.
Speaking about the possible return of some regions adjacent to Nagorno
Karabakh to Azerbaijan, something that has recently been much spoken
about, Kocharyan said the following: "In an Eastern style by constantly
saying ‘halva’ their mouth does not turn sweet; on the contrary,
it tastes bitter. The issue has its essence, and the conflict has
its causes, and there is someone responsible for it. The essence of
the issue is clear for all: it is the realized self-determination of
the people of Nagorno Karabakh," said Kocharyan.