Armenian Parliamentary Speaker: Our Karabakh Compatriots Must Approv


2009-02-20 10:47:00

ArmInfo. "Peaceful settlement of Karabakh conflict is constantly
in the focus of attention of Armenian Parliament. Numerous hearings
and discussions have been held on this topic", Armenian Parliamentary
Speaker Hovik Abrahamyan declared in Stepanakert, ArmInfo correspondent
to Stepanakert reported. The Armenian speaker heads a delegation
to the Nagorny Karabakh Republic for participation in the regular
meeting of Armenian-NKR Inter-parliamentary Commission for Cooperation.

‘We have one principle: our Karabakh compatriots must approve any
agreement on settlement of Karabakh conflict’, he said. As regards
the process of settling the Azerbaijani-Karabakh conflict, Hovik
Abrahamyan said: ‘Republic of Armenia appreciates the meditation of
OSCE Minsk Group in the processes on development of Karabakh conflict
as effective format of negotiations’. ‘Any attempt to settle the
conflict by force may have unpredictable aftermaths both for the
parties and the region in the whole. Republic of Armenia supports
the principle of peaceful settlement of the conflict and highlights
the importance of confidence building for further constructive
negotiations. The parties should refrain from any steps that may
aggravate tension and create obstacles to the peace process’,
Hovik Abrahamyan said. He is sure that Nagorny Karabakh must have
uninterrupted land communication with Armenia and the security of
the Karabakh people must be guaranteed at the international level.

The speaker highlighted the close cooperation of Armenian and Karabakh
parliaments and came out for regular meetings and discussions.

To recall, H. Abrahamyan’s delegation comprising Vice Premier of
Armenia, Minister of Territorial Administration Armen Gevorgyan,
representatives of the parliament and the government arrived in
NKR on February 19. The delegation participated in the regular
meeting of the Armenian-NKR Inter- parliamentary Commission for
Cooperation. Hovik Abrahamyan is expected to meet with NKR President
Bako Sahakyan tete-a-tete. Afterwards, an enlarged meeting will be
held. The delegates will visit Stepanakert Memorial Complex, Church
Surb Ghazanchetsots in the town of Shushi as well as will meet with
Leader of Artsakh Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church Archbishop
Pargev Martirosyan. On February 20 the delegation will arrived back
to Yerevan.

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