Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity has nothing to do with the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic: Shavarsh Kocharyan
YEREVAN, 3 MARCH, ARMENPRESS. We have no problem with Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity, but that territorial integrity has nothing to do with the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. As “Armenpress” reports, this is what Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia Shavarsh Kocharyan announced in an interview on the occasion of Diplomats’ Day during the “Zham” news broadcast. Touching upon Armenian diplomats’ possible slip-ups in regard to the Karabakh issue, Kocharyan mentioned: “You know, if it refers to the Karabakh issue, I believe Armenia’s position on the Karabakh issue had to be very clear in the country’s foreign policy because there are theoretically three approaches. The first approach is the guarantee of the rights of ethnic minorities. The second is reunification of the nation that was forcefully divided. The third is the exercising of the right to self-determination. Unfortunately, in the first years, Armenia placed certain emphasis on the guarantee of the rights of ethnic minorities, and this means seeing Karabakh as a part of Azerbaijan with this or that status. At one point, Armenia placed emphasis on the reunification, and finally, it got on the right track, that is, the exercising of the right to self-determination, which has been exercised for years and falls in line with the will that the people of Nagorno-Karabakh have expressed, meaning an independent state. I believe the lack of clarity didn’t play a positive role. In any case, self-determination is on the table of negotiations.”
According to Kocharyan, it’s not by chance that the negotiations are over the three famous international principles, including no use of force or threat of force, territorial integrity and equal rights and self-determination of nations.“I must say that we have no problem with Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity, but that territorial integrity has nothing to do with the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic,” the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs concluded.