Responses by Anna Naghdalyan, the Spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry of Armenia, to the questions of the "News.am" news agency30 December, 2019
Question: In his interview today, Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Elmar Mamedyarov touched upon the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, noting that the absence of any progress in the peace process is caused by contradictory statements from Armenia. An interview with almost the same content was given by the President of Azerbaijan. How would you comment on this?
Answer: The Azerbaijani side attempts to compensate the irrelevance of its own statements by consistent repetition of the same points leading to impasse. These statements might have certain value in domestic political environment of Azerbaijan, given the rearrangements taking place in that country and upcoming parliamentary elections, nevertheless they in no way contribute to the peace process and therefore have no value.
Question: Foreign MInister of Azerbaijan also referred to Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev, convicted in Artsakh, noting that their visit to the family gravesites cannot be considered as a crime.
Answer: Sadly, the murder of the 16 year old Smbat Tsakanyan is being justified at the level of the Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan. It reveals the real attitude of the Azerbaijani authorities towards the people living in the conflict zone. I would like to remind you that the President of Azerbaijan compared the murderers of a minor with Ramil Safarov. I believe this comparison says it all.