‘NKR’S PARTICIPATION IN NEGOTIATIONS IS SIN QUA NON FOR PROGRESS’
Below are the comments by NKR Minister of Foreign Affairs Karen
Mirzoyan on the Joint Statement on Nagorno-Karabakh by the Heads of
the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair States:
“We welcome the interest of the heads of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chair
states, reflected in their June 18 Joint Statement, in achieving a
sustainable and peaceful settlement of the conflict between Azerbaijan
and Nagorno Karabakh.
This statement is another proof that the co-chairs are determined to
exclude the possibility of resumption of hostilities and to contribute
to the peaceful settlement of the conflict.
At the same time, we consider it necessary to reiterate our position
that the restoration of full-fledged negotiations with the immediate
and direct participation of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic in all its
stages is a sin qua non for achieving real progress in the settlement
process, which is strongly hampered by Azerbaijan.
We hope that the call to intensify the efforts for a peaceful
settlement will be heard in Azerbaijan and its leadership will
refrain from attempts of a selective interpretation of the norms and
principles of international law, escalation of tension and mistrust,
as well as ignoring the existing realities.
Since the Nagorno Karabakh Republic is the most interested party in
finding a way out of the current situation in the negotiation process
and reaching decisions on the issues directly related to the future
of the country and its people, it is ready to further exert efforts to
establish lasting peace and stability, ” the statement reads, according
to the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the NKR.