YEREVAN (ARMENPRESS)—Nagorno-Karabakh is ready to receive the PACE rapporteur on the Sarsang Reservoir, Milica Markovic. In an interview with Tert.am, Ani Sargsyan, spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nagorno-Karabakh, spoke about the reservoir and Artsakh’s readiness to cooperate with the PACE despite hesitations.
When asked if Milica Markovic would visit Karabakh as part of efforts to prepare a report on the disputed Sarsang Reservois, Sargsyan said that on November 16, the Artsakh foreign ministry received a letter from the Director General of the PACE Secretariat, Mario Martins, containing a request to facilitate a visit to Karabakh of Markovic.
“In our response letter, it was noted that despite some serious reservations and remarks on our side regarding the title of the report and the overall process of its preparation, Karabakh authorities stood ready to cooperate with the PACE,” said Sargsyan.
“In the meantime, we conveyed our strong opposition to any attempt to politicize the issue of the Sarsang Reservoir. It is our strong belief that the status of Nagorno-Karabakh, as well as different aspects of the conflict dealt with by the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairmanship—which is the only internationally mandated and mutually agreed format—should not become a subject of the report. The same approach was also shared by the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs in their statement of November 12, 2015, which reads that, “considering the sensitivity of the negotiations, any attempts to change the format or create parallel mechanisms can disrupt the negotiation process and impede the progress towards a settlement.”
“We hope that the readiness of Karabakh to cooperate will be recognized by Milica Markovic with all responsibility to prepare a report, based on the principles of impartiality and neutrality,” Sargsyan said.