Karabakh Foreign Minister Says Absence of External Influence is Positive

Foreign Minister of the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh Georgy Petrosian

YEREVAN (Armradio)–"The absence of external influence on Karabakh is a positive sign," the Foreign Minister of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic Georgy Petrosian said, when commenting on the statement of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Terry Davis on the inconsistency between the conflicts in Nagorno Karabakh and Kosovo.
"The absence of any external influence on Karabakh is a positive sign for Karabakh, since it actually means recognition of the high self-organization of Karabakh’s citizens, acceptance of the fact that our people are able to execute effective governance through their elected authorities without external assistance, conduct foreign policy and ensure independence," the Karabakh Foreign Minister stated.
According to the Minister, on many parameters the situation in Nagorno Karabakh really differs from the situation in Kosovo, but "Kosovo’s aspiration to become a full subject of international law as an independent state is identical to that of NKR."
Commenting of the statement by Terry Davis that because of the unsettled nature of the conflict the citizens of Nagorno Karabakh are deprived of the opportunity to apply to the European Court of Human Rights, Petrosian said: "This situation has emerged because of Azerbaijan and through the silent consent of international organizations, which are called to ensure human rights irrespective of the status of the territory they reside on."
The Foreign Minister declared that such a position reveals that international organizations are guided by political interests rather than the ideals of human rights.

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