Ter Petrosyan Sees OSCE Plan as Compromise Base

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Speaking at the ninth Armenian National Movement Congress–Ter-Petrosyan said that the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen made the parties to the Karabakh conflict some proposals which can serve as a base for a compromise.

He said he could not say anything about those proposals–because following a mutual agreement the conflicting sides and mediators reached the negotiations must be conducted in conditions of secrecy. "Secrecy does not necessarily mean a plot. Secrecy is always needed in conducting complex negotiations," he noted.

At the same time he added that "as soon as the parties to the conflict reach a consensus–and before an agreement is signed–the details of that agreement will be made public in Armenia–Karabakh and Azerbaijan."

"The only thing I can tell is that Armenia will never sign any agreement that is not signed by Karabakh," Levon Ter-Petrosyan said.

The discussions on the settlement of the Karabakh conflict between the co-Chairmen of the OSCE Minsk group and the parties to the conflict will continue during the Co-Chairmen’s forthcoming tour to the region scheduled for Wednesday.

Declining to comment on the program submitted by the co-Chairmen of the OSCE Minsk Group–he pointed out that the parties to the conflict and the co-Chairmen had agreed on holding confidential discussions at this stage of negotiations.

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