Nagorno-Karabakh Reacts to Council of Europe President

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–A foreign affairs committee of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic parliament has retaliated today to what it described as “unbecoming” remarks made by the Council of Europe secretary general, Terry Davis, during a visit to Armenia earlier this week.
In a statement disseminated to the media the parliament committee said it was surprised why the usually “tight-lipped” secretary general of the Council of Europe was so “articulate” to make several remarks during a visit to Armenia, which bring honor neither to him nor to the respected human rights body he represents.
The authorities in Nagorno-Karabakh were, particularly, angered by Davis’ description of the authorities there as “separatists.”
In the statement the committee said that “all people striving for independence have to go through a period of separatism.”
“It is not the fault of the people of Nagorno-Karabakh that during the collapse of the former Soviet Union the UN or the Council of Europe could not impose an %u218external governance’ in Nagorno-Karabakh that would further legitimize its current de facto independence," said the statement.
The statement also recalled that what the UN did in Europe to thwart ethnic cleansings and genocide, the people of Nagorno-Karabakh did by themselves, using only their own strength, resource and their right to self-defense.

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