Karabagh FM Rules out Resolution to Conflict without Popular Consent

STEPANAKERT (PanArmenian.Net)–Mountainous Karabagh Republic’s (MKR) foreign minister Arman Melikian said it is premature to speculate about the outcome of the meeting between Armenian and Azeri Presidents–held last week in Warsaw.

"The OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs consider that there is progress; the foreign ministers also speak of possible progress. But nothing is obvious yet," Melikian said during an interview aired on Karabagh public TV.

"It should be understood–however–that control over the territories is the business of the MKR authorities–and any developmen’s or any preliminary agreement cannot be put into practice without the consent and participation of the people of Karabagh," he stressed.

Melikian advised remaining calm concerning possible outcomes–and advised: "There are merely mutually optimistic statemen’s. If these are grounded–it is not so bad."

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