Karabagh National Assembly Reaffirms Commitment to Peaceful Resolution of Conflict

STEPANAKERT (Combines Sources)–In a February 20 statement–the National Assembly of the Mountainous Karabagh Republic (MKR) reaffirmed its readiness to construct an independent democratic state based on the right to self-determination.

The statement came on the 17th anniversary of the February 20–1988 decision of the mainly ethnic Armenian Mountainous Karabagh’s Supreme Soviet that called for the transfer of authority over the region–from Azerbaijan to Armenia.

In its newly released statement–the MKR National Assembly of reaffirms not only the determination of the people of Mountainous Karabagh people to build an independent and democratic state based on the right to self-determination–but also reiterates the authorities’ allegiance to settle the conflict through peace negotiations under the OSCE Minsk Group. They also call on the Azeri authorities to renounce their unreasonable policy of confrontation–and direct their efforts to the establishment of peace and stability in the region.

The statement also appeals to members of foreign parliamen’s to support efforts for MKR’s international recognition.

Vigen Hayrapetyan–chairman of the recent session of the National Assembly–said that the convening of the extraordinary session on February 20–1988 was a historical necessity. "Any delay would have threatened Armenia’s with annihilation…it was the decision of the session–along with the support of progressive political forces–and the international community that prevented mass violence against the local population [of Mountainous Karabagh].

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