Karabakh Dismisses Reports On Azeri Efforts To Set Up New Capital

KARABAKH DISMISSES REPORTS ON AZERI EFFORTS TO SET UP NEW CAPITAL

ArmInfo News Agency (in Russian)
Aug 6 2008
Armenia

A spokesman for the breakaway region of Nagornyy Karabakh has dismissed
as ridiculous reports about Azerbaijan preparing to establish a new
capital for Karabakh and populate it with Azerbaijanis.

The flights of human imagination can be funny, the spokesman for
the separatist government of Nagornyy Karabakh, Vardges Hovyan, told
Arminfo. "They came up with a new kind of amusement in Baku – they
drew a map on paper, outlined the ‘boundaries’ of Nagornyy Karabakh
at their discretion, marked some point there and announced that
‘Azerbaijan has created a new capital of Nagornyy Karabakh’," Hovyan
said. "The people of Nagornyy Karabakh will never allow Azerbaijan
to turn into reality its colonial programmes," he added.

The spokesman ruled out the possibility of ethnic Azerbaijanis
returning to Nagornyy Karabakh. "Two peoples who are enemies cannot
co-exist in one state. Azerbaijanis cannot have any hopes for
returning, just as 400,000 Armenian refugees will never be able to
return to Azerbaijan. In the best case Azerbaijanis will be able to
visit Nagornyy Karabakh as tourists," Arminfo quoted Hovyan as saying.

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