Stepanakert’S Joining Talks Is An Issue Of Fundamental Importance


28.07.2007 13:30 GMT+04:00

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ Joining the settlement talks is an issue of
fundamental importance for the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, said Karlen
Avetisyan, NKR permanent representative in Armenia. Absence of NKR
in the process transforms the opposition into a territorial conflict
between Armenia and Azerbaijan, according to him.

"Certainly, Armenia and Azerbaijan have plenty of problems needing
discussion. However, we consider that NKR’s participation in the
talks is essential to raise the issue of national self-determination
of the Artsakhi people," he said.

When commenting on the July 19 presidential elections, Mr Avetisyan
said the major achievement was the legitimacy of the vote. "It’s
important that the state is developing a new political culture, when
no one protests the outcomes and the defeated contenders congratulate
the winner," he noted.

The elections held in Nagorno Karabakh in 2007 appeared the best in
the republic’s history. Two worthy contenders were struggling for
the post, according to him.

The NKR permanent representative said he doesn’t not agree with the
opinion that the elections were "ideal" and "Karabakh doesn’t need
Yerevan’s assistance in holding elections." "I think the truth should
be somewhere in the middle. The elections were held in accord with
the law. There were some minor violations but they could not influence
on the outcomes," Mr Avetisyan resumed, Novosti Armenia reports.