Sahakian Tells OSCE Karabakh Independence Must be Recognized

OSCE Minks Group co-chairmen

STEPANAKERT (Combined Sources)–Nagorno-Karabakh Republic President Bako Sahakian Wednesday told the visiting OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairmen that the international recognition of the Karabakh’s independence was the key to the resolution of the conflict.
“The most important for us is to reach an international recognition of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic’s independence,” underscored Sahakian.
Speaking about the main principles of conflict resolution, as put forth by the OSCE Minks Group, Sahakian said that a number of points of the document on the negotiating table did not meet the interests of Karabakh and added that the national security of his country could not be compromised.
The President also emphasized that Azerbaijan’s continued military rhetoric and resumption of war threats did not engance the constructive development of the negotiation process.
The Russian co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group Yuri Merzlyakov said after the meeting with President Sahakian that they failed so far to find a mutually beneficial solution to the conflict.
But he said the main principles of the Karabakh conflict resolution can and must be agreed upon within this year.
Merzlyakov said once the sides do come to agreement on the main principles, they would get down to elaborating the text of the agreement which is impossible without Nagorno-Karabakh, since it refers to the life of its people.
The French Co-Chair Bernard Fassier said there is hope that the year 2008 will become decisive for a breakthrough and accomplishment of the process of reaching an agreement on the main principles.
He said that during the visits to Baku and Yerevan the co-Chairs raised the question of how to involve the representatives of Nagorno-Karabakh in the negotiations.
Asked about the possibility of applying the Kosovo precedent in the Karabakh conflict resolution, Bernard Fassier said that unlike Kosovo, the Karabakh issue is not an internal political affair.
“These are different situations and the Karabakh is issue is more complicated,” he underlined.
The OSCE co-chairmen also participated in the regular monitoring of the cease fire regimen and found no breaches.

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