By Ruzanna Stepanian
YEREVAN (Azatutyun) — Armenia hopes to negotiate a peace treaty with Azerbaijan “as soon as possible,” Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan insisted on Monday, November 28, denying Azerbaijani statements to the contrary.
“We presented Azerbaijan with our proposals regarding the normalization of relations or a draft peace treaty and received their reply only yesterday,” Mirzoyan told the Armenpress news agency. ”These discussions are continuing.”
“We hope to reach an agreement on this issue as soon as possible, and mediation efforts by our international partners could also play an important role in this process,” he said.
Mirzoyan again declined to disclose the proposals which he presented to his Azerbaijani counterpart Jeyhun Bayramov in Washington on November 7. Nor did he say whether they were accepted by the Azerbaijani side.
Earlier this year, Baku put forward five key elements of the peace treaty acceptable to it. They include mutual recognition of each other’s territorial integrity.