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Heidar Aliyev's Top Foreign Policy Aid blames Russia, US and EU for Karabakh Deadlock


By Harry Tamrazian

In an interview to Agence France Presse, the foreign policy advisor of Azerbaijani President on Thursday criticized the US, Russia and the European Union for standing in the way of peace agreement over the Nagorno-Karabakh. They were "pursuing their own narrow interests," Novruz Mamedov said.

The head of the foreign affairs department in President Heidar Aliev's administration said that the big states should be given another opportunity to rethink their policies in the region. He criticized the United States for favoring Armenia over Azerbaijan. "The US, the EU, and other states claim to embody international law. But where is that just and fair approach?" Novruz Mamedov said adding that these principles are not being applied for Nagorno-Karabakh. "We see that these lessons are just for the sake of giving lessons. We do not see the application of those principles, particularly in relation to the most important question for us: Nagorno-Karabakh."

Heidar Aliev's chief foreign policy advisor also told AFP that his boss remains committed to peace negotiations with Armenian President Robert Kocharian. However, it would be "naive" to expect any imminent breakthrough, Novruz Mamedov warned.
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