Azerbaijan?s Refusal to Recognize MKR?s Right to Referendum renders Talks Fruitless

YEREVAN (Yerkir)–Talks aimed at resolving the Karabagh conflict do not produce results because Azerbaijan refuses to recognize the right of Karabagh’s people to hold a referendum–said Vice-speaker of the Armenian parliament and Armenian Revolutionary Federation Bureau member Vahan Hovhannisian.

He said that people exercise their right to self-determination and express their will via referendum.

"The point is that Nagorno Karabagh was the first to do it during the post Soviet age–when the international community was not ready for separation from metropolises," said Hovhannisian.

"When independence was proclaimed in East Timor–Eritrea–Montenegro it was perceived as a normal phenomenon," said Hovhannisian–adding that it seems "the same variant" will be proposed for Kosovo.

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