Armenia Must Demand Karabakh Recognition, Says Hovannesian
YEREVAN—Armenia must always demand the recognition of the Karabakh’s independence, said Armenian Revolutionary Federation parliamentary faction member Vahan Hovannesian in an interview with “Martik (People)” news agency on Monday.
He added that under the current situation, it is imperative to advance the international recognition of Karabakh, referencing Friday’s decision by Hungary to extradite axe murderer Ramil Safarov back to Azerbaijan, where he was pardoned by President Ilham Aliyev. In 2004, Safarov brutally murdered Armenian Army office Lt. Gurgen Markarian.
On Tuesday, the Heritage party’s parliamentary faction submitted a draft resolution calling for the recognition of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.
Former President Robert Kocharian also called for Armenia to recognize the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.
“The actions of Azerbaijani authorities are not surprising. This is a hasty manifestation of anti- Armenian policy that country has long been cherishing. Let’s remember Sumgait, the Armenian massacres in Baku and the ‘alley of martyrs’ perpetuating the memory of pogrom-instigators. The Nagorno-Karabakh Republic cannot exist within the composition of Azerbaijan,” said Kocharian/
“People in Azerbaijan are so deeply absorbed in hatred against Armenians that they have already forgotten about the limits of morals. The decree on granting pardon to a killer is the best evidence of all arguments of the people of Karabakh in favor of independence,” added Kocharian.
The former president said that if Hungary truly feels betrayed by Azerbaijan, then it must immediately recognize Karabakh’s independence.