OSCE Minsk Group must increase pressure on Yerevan, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said, addressing a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers dedicated to the results of the first quarter of 2017 and future tasks.

According to him, settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the focus of attention. “Although Armenia is doing its utmost to cease the negotiations and boycott them, it cannot and will not be able to achieve this,” the President stressed.

Ilham Aliyev recalled that the co-chair countries of the Minsk Group have repeatedly emphasized unacceptability of the status quo. He noted that the Minsk Group must increase pressure on Yerevan, its policy of occupation to force Armenia to observe international law and withdraw from the occupied Azerbaijani territories.

“Our position on the talks remains unchanged, and there cannot be any changes. The principle of territorial integrity is not the subject of negotiations and Azerbaijan must restore its territorial integrity. In all my international contacts I emphasize that no country or organization should take a double standard approach to the problem. In some cases, we face these double standards. Sometimes greater attention is paid to conflicts in the post-Soviet era, or more specific phrases are used with respect to those conflicts,» the President said.

Ilham Aliyev stressed the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict must be solved within Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity.

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