Atanesian: Country where Human Rights are violated, can’t ensure NKR

DeFacto Agency, Armenia
Jan 31 2007

VAHRAM ATANESIAN: A COUNTRY, WHERE HUMAN RIGHTS ARE CONSTANTLY
VIOLATED, CANNOT CLAIM TO ENSURE NKR PEOPLE’S RIGHTS

`’Mr. Asimov’s statement on the successful development of his
country’s economy does not correspond to reality. The decision on
raising prices in Azerbaijan that prompted the population’s strong
protest and provoked clashes in a number of regions, including Baku,
testifies to it, and yet, the economic component is not considered to
be the first in the Nagorno-Karabakh people’s struggle for their
independence”, the head of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic National
Assembly Commission on Foreign Relations Vahram Atanesian said in an
interview with DE FACTO agency, while commenting on the statement
made by the Azerbaijan’s Deputy FM Araz Asimov. The Azeri Minister
noted, in part, `’Azerbaijan is successfully developing, so ensuring
the rights and future of the Nagorno-Karabakh Armenians can be
guaranteed within the Republic of Azerbaijan”.
According to Vahram Atanesian, `’being the Azerbaijani President’s
Special Representative at the Karabakh talks, Araz Asimov should
remember that the Nagorno-Karabakh people rejected the Program of the
Azerbaijani SSR NKAR economic development elaborated by the Kremlin’s
political technologists”.
In Vahram Atanesian’s words, `’a country, where the population’s
rights and freedoms are constantly violated, where the leadership
permanently imitates coup and imprisons political opposition, where
the monuments of other nations’ centuries-old culture are being
mercilessly destroyed or shamelessly arrogated, where assassins are
raised to the rank of a national hero, where the assassination of the
Armenian journalist Hrant Dink in Turkey makes people happy, cannot
claim to ensure the rights and freedoms of the Nagorno-Karabakh
people, especially taking into consideration that they do not need
it”.
Vahram Atanesian noted the NKR people had established all the state
and public institutions via free elections, so the corresponding
organs ensure the people’s security, prosperity, rights and freedoms.

`’We are ready to share our experience with everyone, including
Azerbaijan, and we urge Mr. Asimov to hold a direct dialogue with the
NKR official structures to settle dissensions and establish
good-neighbor relations”, Vahram Atanesian stated.

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