Edward Nalbandian: War Is Not An Alternative To Peace Talks


03.06.2008 13:41

"Now we are in a stage, when not only Armenia and Azerbaijan are
suggesting, but there are also concrete suggestions made by the
Co-Chairs in Madrid in November 2007. We are ready to continue the
active talks based on these suggestions and we think that these provide
a good ground for approaching the solution," RA Foreign Minister
Edward Nalbandian said in an interview with Russian "Vesti" program.

However, according to him, only Armenia’s willingness is not enough,
Azerbaijan’s willingness is also necessary.

"I don’t think that the recent militant statements from Azerbaijan
will contribute to the establishment of an atmosphere of trust in
the negotiations. As a result of these, during the recent public
opinion poll 19% of the population spoke for military solution of
the issue. I think it’s a dangerous trend: for solving any conflict
it is necessary to prevent the propaganda, especially the military
propaganda, because law is not an alternative to peace talks. We hope
that the forthcoming meeting of the Presidents in Saint Petersburg
will really provide an opportunity to move towards continuation of
talks. We are optimistic, because there is an opportunity to resolve
the conflict," the Minister said.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

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“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS