No ‘Forbidden Zone’ for Karabakh Resettlement, Says Migration Head

STEPANAKERT (KarabakhOpen)–The head of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic government agency on migration, refugees and resettlement Serge Amirkhanian declared Tuesday in an interview that “forbidden zones” for resettling in Karabakh do not exist.
Amirkhanian was clarifying statemen’s made by Nagorno-Karabakh Republic President Arkady Ghoukasian Friday in Yerevan, where he said the resettlement the liberated territories surrounding Karabakh required investmen’s of large sums of money.
Amirkhanian said the resettlement of the liberated territories was acutely important and had a direct correlation with the conflict resolution process.
“The sooner those areas are resettled, the better it is for us. The determination of those territories and the resolution of the [Karabakh] conflict are dependent on resettlement [of the areas],” expressed Amirkhanian.
He explained that in 2001, when he was an adviser to the prime minister, a 10-year resettlement was developed whereby 35,000 refugees would be resettled in Karabakh. That plan had a $110 million price tag.
“At that time–and today–we were expecting that sum from the entire Armenian nation. However, through the Karabakh’s annual government budget, we are able to resettle from 130 to 150 families. Some $3 million are spend annually for this project, which is resulting in the realization of the project not in 10 years but in several decades,” explained Amirkhanian, who added that aside from financial matters no obstacles existed in the resettlement project.


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