Oskanian Says Azeri Push for Karabakh Autonomy an Obstacle

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–A meeting of ministers of the Council of Euro-Atlantic Partnership was held in Brussels Friday–which was attended by a delegation led by Minister Vartan Oskanian. The main topic of the meeting was problems of security in the Euro-Atlantic region.

According to the Foreign Ministry’s Public Relations Department–in his speech Oskanian mainly touched upon the terrorist acts of September 11 and its consequences for the region–as well as issues related to the Karabakh conflict resolution.

In connection with the Nagorno Karabakh conflict–Oskanian pointed out that Azerbaijan’s continuous iteration of the idea of autonomy is the largest obstacle to the conflict resolution process. This idea was a consequence of Stalin’s policy of "divide and conquer" and the status acquired by Nagorno Karabakh as a result of this policy had no precedent in history. Minister Oskanian underlined that Nagorno Karabakh has never been a part of independent Azerbaijan.

Speaking about the September 11 events–the minister pointed out that one of the major consequences of the events was the disappearance of the mentality of the "cold war" times–which found its reflection in the Russian-American relations. Armenia hails this process–as it alleviates tensions and lowers the possibility of polarization in our region. In the light of these developmen’s–Armenia’s policy of complementary is appreciated anew. Whereas this policy had been called into question earlier–today it is more than justifiable.

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