Regulation without Karabagh Impossible Says Ghukasian

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Mountainous Karabagh Republic (MKR) President Arkady Ghukasian called on OSCE’s visiting chairman-in-office–Bulgarian Foreign Minister Solomon Passy to create an opportunity for direct dialogue between MKR and Azerbaijan–stressing the necessity of MKR’s involvement in the negotiating process and willingness to enter negotiations without preconditions.

The meeting took place in Yerevan on Wednesday–where MKR Foreign Minister Ashot Ghulian and MKR permanent representative in Armenia Arman Melikian were also part of the discussion.

Passy said that the quick and uniterrupted restoration of dialogue between the sides is crucial and that he will exert all efforts toward that goal.

Ghukasian said that dicussions included not only the political process to a resolution–but also a potential legal one. "I am confident that a legal package would promote political regulation. I believe the OSCE acting chairman agreed–but it is clear the OSCE is complicated mechanism: all 55 member countries have the right to exercise a veto. . . In any case–we must work and we are ready to work and are confident that our position is very constructive."

Asked by reporters about MKR’s role in the regulation process–Ghukasian said Karabagh is a full-fledged participant in the conflict–as confirmed by the 1994 Budapest Summit. "The president of Azerbaijan also participated in Budapest sessions and agreed with this. This is no longer a topic for discussion. . . I assure that Mountainous Karabagh will be involved in the process of talks as a full-fledged participant," stressed Ghukasian "Without Karabagh–the issue will not be regulated."

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