Karabakh Parliament Reacts to Kosovo Recognition

Nagorno-Karabakh National Assembly

STEPANAKERT-The Nagorno-Karabakh Republic National Assembly Wednesday adopted a resolution calling on the international community to follow the precedents set forth by Kosovar independence and respect the unrecognized republics right to self-determination.

Below is the translated text of the resolution:

The Parliamentary Factions of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic National Assembly,
Defend the right to free self-determination;
Welcome the stand of the international community in respecting the human and civil rights of the majority of Kosovo`s population;
Underscore that the for many decades the Azeri authorities have been systematically carrying out a policy of discrimination against the Armenian people of Nagorno-Karabakh by imposing civil rights restrictions, ethnic cleansing and deportation, the tragic outcome of which was its prevention exclusively by means of organized self-defense;
Consider that from the moment of the legal collapse of the Soviet Union Azerbaijan has lost all legal and moral rights to exercising governmental authorities over Nagorno Karabakh;
Regret the human and other losses during the conflict and, especially, during the armed struggle;
Hope that through negotiations it would be possible to achieve a mutually acceptable resolution, which would guarantee the international recognition of Nagorno Karabakh`s right to self-determination;
Call on the Parliamen’s of all States to be consistent in the recognition of states formed on the basis of the right to self-determination of peoples and refrain from double standards.

Vahram Atanessian, Democracy faction
Arthur Tovmassian, Homeland faction
Armen Sargissian, ARF-Movement-88 faction

Stepanakert, March 12, 2008.

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