Settlement Impossible Without Nagorno Karabagh

STEPANAKERT (Armenpress)–After yesterday’s meeting with OSCE Minsk group co-chairmen–the president of Nagorno Karabagh Arkady Ghoukassian said that the negotiation process is unfortunately not developing actively. At the same time he stressed preparedness for the day when negotiations do resume.

Ghoukassian said that Stepanakert has approaches to the present phase of the settlement process–the details of which were presented to the mediators. He also stated that during the meeting with Minsk group co-chairmen–issues concerning Karabagh’s active involvement in the negotiating process were discussed. "I am sure that we will be involved in the process as it is impossible to settle the conflict without Nagorno-Karabagh’s participation," he said–stressing that the conflict regulation would be more than problematical unless Karabakh is a full member of the negotiation process.

Speaking to the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen–Ghoukassian also said that recent elections were another step towards establishing democratic principles in the public and political life of the Nagorno-Karabagh Republic.

The sides concluded that a peaceful solution based on mutually acceptable concessions should be found.

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