International Recognition of Artsakh is the Solution, Says Kocharyan

Deputy Foreign Minister of Armenia Shavarsh Kocharyan (Source: Public Radio of Armenia)
Deputy Foreign Minister of Armenia Shavarsh Kocharyan (Source: Public Radio of Armenia)

Deputy Foreign Minister of Armenia Shavarsh Kocharyan (Source: Public Radio of Armenia)

YEREVAN (Public Radio of Armenia)—Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharyan told reporters today that the essence of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict is being distorted in the negotiation process.

“Azerbaijan has adopted a policy of force in the Karabakh conflict, which began with the Sumgait massacres and continues into today. Any progress in the talks is impossible unless Azerbaijan refuses from this stance,” Kocharyan said. He added that “the international community should come to understand that the international recognition of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic is the solution.”

Referring to the statement of the OSCE Minsk Group, the Deputy Foreign Minister said “they are at the beginning of a direction.”

“The mediators are always trying to put an equation mark between the parties, but some change is obvious. According to my assessment, that’s not enough, but the change in the statements is apparent. This will further deepen, if Baku fails to return to a pragmatic field,” Shavarsh Kocharyan said.

Kocharyan, has called on Azerbaijan today ‘to return to constructive  negotiations’ on the Karabakh conflict, two days before the meeting of Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents in Bern, Switzerland.

“We hope that Azerbaijan will finally return to constructive talks. Azerbaijan’s actions so far have been contrary to international law, the appeals of international peace brokers and international practice,” Kocharyan told reporters on Thursday.

The December 19 meeting of the presidents will be mediated by the OSCE Minsk Group. Sargsyan and Aliyev last met in October 2014, in Paris, France.


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  1. edward demian said:

    Talk is cheap. But talk is useless between democratic Artsackh and Autocratic Azerbaijan. If anything, Artsackh and Armenia should encourage a national liberation movement in Azerbaijan. Only a free and democratic Azerbaijan can than have chance to join the Caucasian democratic states into some kind of a federation.

  2. mgl said:

    Only Russia can force Azeri to stop aggressiveness and forget about lost territory unless they want to lose even more.

  3. Antranik said:

    Unfortunately the international community are not listening for obvious reasons.Gas and oil . We have to keep on tryind and hope that thay will see the light eventually.
    May God be with us.

  4. edward demian said:

    Who ever said: “If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu”. Never uttered a truer statement. Armenia needs to respond to Azerbaijans ceaseless provocations in a decisive manner. Capture enough land to join up with Russia and retain a considerable part of the oil Pipelines, so as to be invited to sit at the head of the table. Remember when Israel took all of the Sinai peninsula from the Egyptians? Egypt signed a peace treaty with Israel and never bothered them again.