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YEREVAN.- Official Baku is trying to blackmail the delegations visiting Azerbaijan to make them voice one-sided wordings on the Karabakh issue, Armenian MFA said.

“Such an approach cannot be useful for the peace process,” Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said during a joint press conference with his Finnish counterpart Erkki Tuomioja.

He stressed that the right to self-determination, which is one of the fundamental rights of the international law fixed in the UN Charter and the Helsinki Final Act, along with other principles, is the basis of the OSCE Minsk Group proposals.  

The principle is reflected in the statements adopted in Helsinki, Athens, Almaty, Astana and Vilnius, he said adding that the Co-Chairs of the Minsk Group repeatedly stated the Karabakh people should decide their own destiny. 

“Azerbaijan’s attempts are not aimed to resolve the conflict. They are simply trying to throw dust in the eyes of their society,” Nalbandian added.

He expressed hope that with the efforts of the international community and the Minsk Group it would be possible to reach progress based on the mediators’ proposals and fundamental principles of the international law: non-use of force or threat of force, right to self-determination and territorial integrity.

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