Karabakh’s De Facto Independence Should Be Sought Says Oskanian

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–"We should seek Nagorno Karabakh’s de facto independence–while the de jure wording should not imply that Karabakh remains part of Azerbaijan," Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanian said while lecturing at Yerevan State University Tuesday.

Oskanian believes a peaceful and fair solution to the Karabakh conflict can be found through compromise. The Armenian side follows three major principles regarding what the compromise should be. These include international recognition of the Karabakh people’s right to self-determination–guaranteed security of the Karabakh people–and a connecting link between Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh.

The most recent proposals of the OSCE Minsk Group also contain these approaches. Besides–the Minsk Group’s latest peace plan–unlike the previous ones–does not provide for any preconditions. "This circumstance gives us an opportunity to work out a negotiated settlement scheme that would not imply any submission of Nagorno Karabakh to Azerbaijan. It is our high priority task," the minister underlined.

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