Ger­man en­voy: Sta­tus quo in Karabakh con­flict un­ac­cept­able

Azer News - - Front Page - By Kamila Aliyeva

The sta­tus quo in the Ar­me­nia-Azer­bai­jan NagornoKarabakh con­flict is un­ac­cept­able, Ger­man Am­bas­sador to Azer­bai­jan Michael Kinds­grab told re­porters in Baku on Oc­to­ber 4.

The sta­tus quo in the Ar­me­nia-Azer­bai­jan Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict is un­ac­cept­able, Ger­man Am­bas­sador to Azer­bai­jan Michael Kinds­grab told re­porters in Baku on Oc­to­ber 4.

He was ad­dress­ing a re­cep­tion ded­i­cated to the Day of Ger­man Unity.

Ger­many has al­ways been a sup­porter of re­solv­ing the con­flict peace­fully, the am­bas­sador noted, adding that Ger­many wel­comes ev­ery step in this di­rec­tion.

Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel raised this is­sue dur­ing her visit to Azer­bai­jan, and there were many dis­cus­sions, he said.

Merkel noted that op­por­tu­ni­ties are be­ing con­sid­ered about how Ger­many can sup­port the ef­forts of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs, Kinds­grab noted, adding that a new for­mat is not the case and Ger­many can sup­port the ex­ist­ing one.

Kinds­grab fur­ther noted that the re­la­tions be­tween Baku and Ber­lin are de­vel­op­ing in the po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic and cul­tural spheres.

Azer­bai­jan and Ger­many co­op­er­ate at the level of par­lia­ments and govern­ments, he said.

The am­bas­sador went on to say that Ger­many sup­ports the South­ern Gas Cor­ri­dor project, and noted that there is the Ger­man-Azer­bai­jani Cham­ber of Com­merce.

Eco­nomic ties are grow­ing, strength­en­ing, and the Ger­man in­vest­ments in Azer­bai­jan are grow­ing, he added.

In ad­di­tion, in­ter­est in the Ger­man lan­guage is grow­ing in Azer­bai­jan, and the Goethe Cul­tural Cen­ter be­gan op­er­at­ing not only in Baku, but also in the dis­tricts last year, the am­bas­sador said.

Azer­bai­jan’s Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Kha­laf Kha­lafov, speak­ing at the event, noted that Baku is ready to strengthen and ex­pand re­la­tions with Ber­lin in all spheres.

“Azer­bai­jani-Ger­man re­la­tions are de­vel­op­ing in many di­rec­tions. This is an in­di­ca­tor of trust be­tween our coun­tries. Baku and Ber­lin work closely to­gether, both bi­lat­er­ally and on in­ter­na­tional plat­forms. We can also see growth in bi­lat­eral trade. Ger­man com­pa­nies par­tic­i­pate in many projects in Azer­bai­jan. We hope that the meet­ings held be­tween rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the two coun­tries’ busi­ness cir­cles dur­ing the visit [on Au­gust 25, 2018] of Fed­eral Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel to Azer­bai­jan will serve to fur­ther strength­en­ing bi­lat­eral eco­nomic re­la­tions,” he said.

There are over 200 com­pa­nies with Ger­man cap­i­tal in Azer­bai­jan.

Azer­bai­jan’s trade turnover with Ger­many ex­ceeded $1.05 bil­lion in Jan­uary-Au­gust 2018, ac­cord­ing to Azer­bai­jan’s State Cus­toms Com­mit­tee. Ex­ports of Azer­bai­jani prod­ucts for the pe­riod to Ger­many ex­ceeded $619.5 mil­lion.

Ger­many is the fourth big­gest for­eign trade part­ner of Azer­bai­jan.

The deputy min­is­ter also ex­pressed hope that Europe and Ger­many will con­trib­ute to the set­tle­ment of the Ar­me­nia-Azer­bai­jan NagornoKarabakh con­flict on the ba­sis of Azer­bai­jan’s ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity.

The Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict be­gan in 1988 when Ar­me­nia made ter­ri­to­rial claims against Azer­bai­jan. As a re­sult of the en­su­ing war, in 1992 Ar­me­nian armed forces oc­cu­pied 20 per­cent of Azer­bai­jan, in­clud­ing the Nagorno-Karabakh re­gion and seven sur­round­ing re­gions. More than 20,000 Azer­bai­ja­nis were killed and over 1 mil­lion were dis­placed as a re­sult of the large-scale hos­til­i­ties. The 1994 cease­fire agree­ment was fol­lowed by peace ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Un­til now, Ar­me­nia con­trols fifth part of Azer­bai­jan’s ter­ri­tory and re­jects im­ple­ment­ing four UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions on with­drawal of its armed forces from NagornoKarabakh and sur­round­ing re­gions.

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