Melkoumian Says Internal Crisis Won’t Affect Foreign Policy

STEPANAKERT (Noyan Tapan)–"All recent processes taking place in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic are legal," said Karabakh Foreign Minister Naira Melkoumian during press conference Tuesday. "Therefore–we will have no foreign policy problems connected with the domestic political situation."

She stated that all measures taken by the president are part of his rights and obligations. "The president’s desire to establish law and order will only help our state," the minister said. According to her–all states go through government crises and come out of the crisis "healthier and renovated."

Responding to the question concerning foreign ambassadors’ attitude toward the latest developmen’s in Karabakh–Melkoumian pointed out that during her recent one-day visit to Yerevan she held unofficial meetings with foreign ambassadors to Armenia.

"I can say that President Ghoukassian’s all actions aimed establishing law and order in the country are supported and being watched with utmost understanding."

Meanwhile–it was announced that Samvel Babayan will remain commander of the Karabakh Defense Army. However–a new defense minister will be appointed.

Well-known public figure–actress at Stepanakert’s Papazian State Drama Theatre Zhanna Galstian said in an interview the situation will likely be settled soon–because "neither Samvel Babayan nor Arkady Ghoukassian will ever take extreme steps."

"I believe that everything that is happening in Karabakh can be easily settled on the cabinet level. The models of Georgia–Azerbaijan and even the events of 1996 in Yerevan can be ruled out in the case of Karabakh," Galstian said in an interview with Noyan Tapan.

Galstian said that the current crisis has resulted from moral mistakes. "If one person concentrates unlimited power in his hands–both his surroundings and the society as a whole are to blame,"

"I am against looking for scapegoats. Those who tend to personalize victories and gains should learn to acknowledge their mistakes–although–no one has yet invented scales to weigh each person’s contribution to any victory," commented Galstian.

Certain forces took advantage of the kind of inertia in the mentality of such a law-abiding people of Karabakh–who for many years were involved in war and then were able to adapt themselves to new conditions and changes in economic life.

Galstian strongly rejected the opinion that outside forces seeking to weaken one or another political figure in Karabakh may be perpetuating the situation in the country.

"The future of Karabakh is in the hands of the people who will never retreat," Galstian concluded.

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