Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev does not like it when high-ranking Armenian officials talk about the OSCE Minsk Group, which was set up to "perpetuate the occupation of Azerbaijani territories by Armenia," Azerbaijani media reported.
"As for the mediators, unfortunately, today high-ranking officials in Armenia still speak about the Minsk Group. I think it's nonsense, and it does not make sense. The Minsk Group was actually paralyzed in 2019. This group, which received a mandate to resolve this issue in 1992, has achieved virtually no results. Now, looking at the history, actions, and proposals of its group, we can see once again that it was created not to solve the problem, but to perpetuate the occupation [of Azerbaijani territories]," Aliyev said in his address at the 5th Congress of World Azerbaijanis—in the Azerbaijani-occupied Armenian city of Shushi, Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh).
"I am often asked what will happen to the OSCE Minsk Group. I have said that the OSCE Minsk Group will mark its 30th anniversary in 2022, and then retire. But after the start of the Russian-Ukrainian war, they do not even have the opportunity to mark the anniversary," Aliyev added.