Karabakh Parliament Outlines Recognition Strategy

STEPANAKERT (ArmRadio)–The Nagorno-Karabakh Republic’s National Assembly called on its President Wednesday to take constructive steps toward the international recognition of the yet unacknowledged mountainous republic.
The three political factions represented in Karabakh’s Parliament presented President Bako Sahakian with the document outlining the initial steps necessary for moving Karabakh toward international recognition.
It urged the president to "fully utilize the opportunities of parliamentary diplomacy and make consecutive efforts for the international recognition of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic."
The document was the outcome of an initiative that began in Karabakh’s parliamentary foreign affairs committee on April 2. The issue of how to pursue the recognition of the mountainous republic was then discussed during the April 21 session of parliament, where the three parties in parliament–Democracy, Motherland, and the ARF-88 Movement–called for the government to hammer out a tangible outline of priorities including the cementing of Karabakh-Armenia relations.
The three factions suggested that the president and Government "take practical steps for the establishment of legal interstate relations with the Republic of Armenia to reinforce the current level of cooperation and plan new priorities deriving form regional and international processes."
Karabakh’s parliament also called for the creation of a solid National Security Doctrine for the country. The parliamentary report, however, stipulated the necessity for the President and Government to first establish a special working group for strategic analysis and information gathering. The working group will engage in the coordination of a public relations campaign aimed at countering Azeri propaganda and advancing the issue of Karabakh independence.
The report also suggested that the working group utilize Karabakh’s diplomatic representatives stationed throughout the world, as well as the potential of the Armenian Diaspora.

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