Armenian National Assembly Firm on Karabagh Settlement

FACTIONS AGREE THAT SETTLEMENT CAN ONLY COME IN FORM OF REUNIFICATION WITH ARMENIA–OR INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION

YEREVAN (Yerkir)–The political parties of Armenia’s National Assembly unanimously reaffirmed a 2001 joint statement issued by the National Assembly–on a resolution of the Mountainous Karabagh conflict–according to ARF faction secretary Hrair Karapetian.

"Both pro-government and opposition parties agreed that the Karabagh issue should not be exploited in either the domestic or foreign policies [of Armenia]," said Karapetian.

Leading opposition member in the National Assembly Victor Dallakian–confirmed the information–saying that the political parties plan to call a meeting prior to Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe rapporteur Terry Davis’s visit to Armenia–to clarify all positions.

The 2001 National Assembly’s joint statement cites that the only acceptable principles in the settlement of the Karabagh conflict are–"either Mountainous Karabagh’s reunification with Armenia–or international recognition of its independence."

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