New York, 20 September 2023 (TDI): The Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan, Jeyhun Bayramov met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of North Macedonia and Acting Chairman of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Buyar Osmani on September 19.
The meeting took place at the sideline of the 78th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.
At the meeting, both sides discussed relations between Azerbaijan and North Macedonia, the organization’s agenda within the framework of North Macedonia’s chairmanship of the OSCE in 2023, as well as the latest situation in the region.
During the meeting, the Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan reiterated the efforts of Azerbaijan to eliminate the consequences of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia.
He also delineated to the OSCE Chairman about Azerbaijan’s efforts in restoration, reconstruction, and reintegration after the conflict, the signing of the peace agreement, and the establishment of stability in the region.
He also explicated about the reintegration of Armenian residents into the Azerbaijani society.
Moreover, he stressed that despite all the efforts of Azerbaijan through the involved international partners, the recent provocations by the Armenian side have undermined the peace restoration process.
He added that all proposals aimed at reducing tension were rejected by the Armenian side.
The Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan also spoke about the recent military operation at the Nagorno Karabakh region and called it an anti-terrorist operation against the illegal Armenian armed forces in response to the terrorist act and military provocations from the Armenian Side.
He highlighted that the operation was centered on establishing peace and stability in the region, the disarmament of the illegal forces, and the release of the so-called regime.
He mentioned that during the operation Azerbaijan only destroyed military targets and did not target the civilians of the region.
He even called the claims against Azerbaijan regarding imposing blockade and intense humanitarian crisis in the Nagorno-Karabakh region baseless.
In this regard, he stated that on September 18, the simultaneous passage of two International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) vehicles, one on the Aghdam-Khankendi road and the other on the Lachin-Khankendi road, shows that there is no basis for the blockade accusations against Azerbaijan.
The Foreign of Azerbaijan also stressed that these claims against Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity and sovereignty have harmed the peace process.
Apart from discussing the ongoing conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, both sides also exchanged views on other issues of mutual interest on the bilateral and multilateral agenda.