Kazakhstan: Armenian Minister Urges Peaceful Settlement Of Karabakh


Kazakhstan Today, Kazakhstan
Nov 27 2007

Astana, 27 November: Armenia supports a peaceful settlement of the
Karabakh conflict. Armenian Defence Minister Mikayel Harutyunyan
said this in an interview with journalists following a meeting with
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev in Astana today, a correspondent
of the agency says.

"Azerbaijan has announced about the start of combat actions with
100 per cent certainty. Armenia has its own point of view and sees
no alternative to a peaceful solution," the minister said. "I would
like to say that the presidents of the two countries, the foreign
ministers are holding negotiations on a peaceful settlement of the
Karabakh conflict," he noted.

"I think that making in such a way an announcement that combat actions
will be launched with 100 per cent certainty is a wrong approach to
resolving this issue," he said. "But nobody will be able to frighten
Armenia with combat actions," the minister said.

"But we do not want combat actions, we want a peaceful settlement of
the Karabakh conflict," Harutyunyan said.

As was reported earlier, the Azerbaijani defence minister did not
exclude the possibility of an armed conflict with Armenia. "The
possibility of war is almost 100 per cent as long as Azerbaijan’s
lands are under Armenian occupation", he said.

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