Azerbaijan has decided not to participate in the talks at the European Political Community (EPC) with Armenia, the European Union (EU), France, and Germany in Spain, as the condition of Türkiye's participation was not accepted.
According to information from Azerbaijan's diplomatic sources, Baku proposed and insisted on the participation of Türkiye in the talks to be held in Granada, Spain with the participation of Armenia, the EU, France, and Germany. However, the proposal was not accepted due to the special efforts of France and Germany.
Azerbaijani officials stressed that an anti-Azerbaijani atmosphere was created by Armenia, France, Germany, and the EU at the five-party meeting where the peace talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan would be the main agenda, and said that Azerbaijan did not feel the need to participate in the negotiations in this format due to the pro-Armenian statements of French Defence Minister Sebastien Lecornu, French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna's visit to Armenia and her statements on military cooperation, ammunition supply, and the statements of EU Council President Charles Michel yesterday accusing Azerbaijan.
"For these reasons, Azerbaijan rejected the five-party meeting and President Ilham Aliyev canceled his trip to Granada," the officials said.
Emphasizing that Baku does not see the need to discuss the problems of the region with countries far from the region and believes that the issue of relations with Yerevan can be discussed and resolved within the regional framework, officials said that Azerbaijan could participate in the meeting if the previous EU-Azerbaijan-Armenia trilateral format is revived.
Officials underlined that Azerbaijan will not take part in any format in which France participates.
The EPC will convene in Granada on October 5, hosted by Spain. President of the European Council Charles Michel, French President Emmanuel Macron, and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz were also scheduled to attend the meeting with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian.