FM: Azerbaijan’S Attempts To Reanimate Old Stalin "Borders" Can Resu


DeFacto Agency
July 15 2008

YEREVAN, 15.07.08. DE FACTO. "NKR has declared and is building its
independence absolutely in compliance with international law and
the USSR legislation of that time, the cessionary of which is modern
Russian Federation", Georgy Petrossian, Nagorno-Karabakh Republic FM,
stated while commenting on information circulated by mass media,
according to which Azerbaijani-Karabakh conflict can allegedly be
settled on the basis of observation and ensuring of sovereignty,
territorial integrity and inviolability of borders, which has found
its reflection in Declaration on Friendship and Strategic Partnership
between Republic of Azerbaijan and Russian Federation.

According to NKR FM, history, the same way as time, cannot be turned
back: "Azerbaijani leadership’s attempts to reanimate Stalin old
administrative and thus doomed "borders" only contribute to tension
around Nagorno-Karabakh issue and can result in conflict’s escalation".

In Georgy Petrossian’s words, it happened in late nineteen
eighties-early nineteen nineties, when the international community
recognized the results of a "referendum" on independence in
Azerbaijan, in which, by the way, Nagorno-Karabakh Republic people
did not participate, however, it refused to recognize the results
of an analogous referendum in Nagorno-Karabakh, held before the
"referendum" in Azerbaijan.

"It was the international community’s position that encouraged
Azerbaijan’s claims to Nagorno-Karabakh, which then became the
reason of Azerbaijan’s aggression against Karabakh people. We have
repeatedly stated that any attempts to return Karabakh and Karabakh
people to the past, thus limiting their freedom, are not only counter
productive, but also doomed to failure. Independence is a highest
value for Nagorno-Karabakh Republic people, and we’ll not budge from
our position. We believe the international community is aware of the
fact", NKR FM stated, NKR MFA Press Office reports.