Parliament Speaker Urges Azeri Karabakh Dialogue

TBILISI (Itar-Tass)–Speaker of the National Assembly Khosrov Harutiunian has called for a dialogue between Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh in order to settle the conflict.

"A straight dialogue between direct parties to the conflict–Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan–is necessary to settle the Karabakh conflict. Any decision to that effect should be acceptable for residents of Nagorno-Karabakh and guarantee them future security," Harutiunian said in Tbilisi on Friday. The speaker is in Georgia on a two day working visit.

"It is not Armenia and Azerbaijan that are parties to the conflict. Armenia and Azerbaijan do not have a conflict–the parties to the conflict are Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan and they should hold a direct dialogue to find mutually acceptable compromises and settle the conflict," the speaker said at a news conference in Tbilisi.

Also on Friday–Harutiunian met with his Georgian counterpart Zurab Zhvania. During the meeting Zhvania stressed the importance of the manner in which the recent political events in Armenian were settled.

The sides discussed the development of relations between the two states–cooperation with international financial organizations–as well as issues related to introducing Armenian and Georgian legislative similarities.

Harutiunian noted that interparliamentary relations between the two republics already have a history–and that it is most significant to now give that cooperation a new impetus.

Speaking of regional problems–Harutiunian said that Armenia agrees to any principles suggesting peace in the Caucasus.

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