Hovhannisian Hails Russian President’s Statement on Kosovo

YEREVAN (Yerkir)–Vahan Hovhannisian–National Assembly vice-speaker and Armenian Revolutionary Federation Bureau member–praised as "extremely positive" the statement Russian President Vladimir Putin made about the Kosovo settlement option applying to other conflicts as well.

"We should realize that the issue has two layers," said Hovhannisian. "The first layer is that each conflict is unique in its cause and process–but there also is something common in these conflicts–the right to self-determination as a tool to settlement."

He added that the west has recognized Kosovo’s right to independence from Serbia without even taking into account historical facts. While historically belonging to Serbia–Kosovo’s current population does not constitute a Serb majority. Therefore Serbs do not have the right to determine the region’s future–said Hovhannisian.

But when it comes to Karabagh–he added–the historical facts are in favor of Armenia’s. All that is left is to make the world recognize the right to self-determination of Karabagh’s people.

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