Ghoukassian Outlines Karabakh Policy

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The Co-chairmen of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Minsk Group are expected to visit the region from November 10 to 11–President of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Arkady Ghoukassian told journalists at a briefing Tuesday after his meeting with Armenian President Kocharian.

Ghoukassian didn’t exclude the possibility that during their visit–the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen will make a concrete proposal on the settlement of the Karabakh conflict.

The Karabakh president assured reporters that there were no serious disagreemen’s between the Armenia and Karabakh on conflict resolution matters and approaches.

Commenting on the unconventional solution to the Karabakh problem–Ghoukassian stressed that as early as in 1988 he stated that the resolution should be unconventional.

He said there were no models in the world which could be realized in case of Karabakh. "I am glad that both Armenian officials and mediators are speaking about this–and we are ready to display flexibility in these matters. I am sure that we will be able to find the best option if Azerbaijan subscribes to the same approach," Ghoukassian said.

Stressing the importance of a meeting between Armenian–Azeri and Karabakh delegations scheduled for November 3 in Strasbourg under the auspices of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly–Ghoukassian reported that at this meeting Karabakh would be represented by the president and foreign minister.

When asked about his attitude toward a demand of Azerbaijan for the participation of "the Azeri community of Nagorno Karabakh" in the meeting–Ghoukassian said that the "Azeri community can participate in the meeting as part of the Azeri delegation–it is their problem."

Ghoukassian disagreed with the opinion that Aliyev’s reelection as Azeri president can lead to war. "There are currently no grounds for that–neither military nor political or economic."

Furthermore–the Karabakh president expressed optimism that "maybe there will be" a positive change in Azerbaijan’s position. He noted that he does not intend to congratulate Aliyev on his reelection–as the latter didn’t congratulate him following presidential elections in Karabakh.

Ghoukassian denied rumors about tension within the Karabakh power structures. He stressed that "there are no problems in Karabakh–all the problems that existed earlier have been resolved–and the internal political situation in the country is stable."

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