ARF Executive Council of Armenia Issues Statement on Karabakh

YEREVAN (Yerevan News Agency)–The Armenian Revolutionary Federation Executive Council of Armenia issued an announcement Friday regarding recent events surrounding the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict peace process.

In its statement–the ARF Executive Council emphasized the importance of viewing the Karabakh conflict as a pan-Armenian issue and rejected all insinuations that the socio-economic growth in Armenia has been hindered by the Karabakh conflict–a sentiment expressed last week during a press conference by Levon Ter-Petrosyan.

"The ARF Executive Council of Armenia also believes that efforts by Armenia’s leadership to tie the unresolved socio-economic and political conditions to the Karabakh conflict are baseless," the statement read.

The Executive Council also warned that the Karabakh conflict peace talks had entered a dangerous phase–aimed at creating a new political status in the region.

The statement suggested that the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Minsk Group talks were artificially being accelerated–and the co-chairmen of the Group have adopted unilateral and band-aid solutions to the peace process.

The Executive Council warned that these efforts could effect the three-and-a-half-year-old cease-fire–the hindrance of which could result in major obstacles in the economic development and cooperation in the Caucasus.

The Executive Council also stated that its categorically rejected defeatist approaches to the Karabakh conflict–and the efforts by Armenia’s leadership to pass the buck on the resolution of the conflict–and urged national unity to confront outside pressures on the Armenian people.

In realizing the imperative of the situation–the ARF Executive Council called for immediate cooperation of all national forces–political–intellectual–social–and organizations to tackle the issues–and emerge with a just approach to confronting the obstacles placed upon the Armenian people by the international community.

The ARF Executive Council expressed its firm conviction that the Armenian people–in Armenia and the Diaspora–do possess the ability and resources to bring to fruition the Karabakh question–adding that if the Armenian nation fails–the future generations would never forget the current Armenian leadership and all other forces in Armenia and the Diaspora.

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