Karabakh Can Only Dialogue with a Democratic Azerbaijan, Says Foreign Minister

STEPANAKERT (Combined Sources)–In response to reporters’ questions, Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Foreign Minister Georgi Petrosian said Saturday that official Stepanakert will only engage in dialogue with a democratic Azerbaijan.

“One can achieve sustainable democratic development only when the country itself determines its course, taking into account its own system of values and does not use excuses to justify its international and legal commitmen’s various international structures,” said Petrosian, in discussing a recent report claiming that democratic development in Azerbaijan was difficult until the restoration of its “territorial integrity.”

“Without going into details on the alleged violation of Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity I would like to note that in contemporary international practice we can see cases where a country at war or in conflict with neighbors can demonstrate and be a democratic state,” said Petrosian, bringing Israel and India as examples of countries with deep-rooted problems with its neighbors yet having a legitimate democratic governance.

Petrosian praised the Council of Europe’s continued push for democratic principles, yet questioned the council’s ongoing refusal to properly acknowledge the democratization of Nagorno-Karabakh, which he said was “a natural choice” for the population.

“In Azerbaijan we see a weird manifestation of democracy. Within this context, we would like to advise the Council of Europe to take the democracy in Azerbaijan and the democratic processes taking place as a whole in the region most seriously and with all responsibility. We are convinced that only a democratic Azerbaijan can become a neighbor with whom the Nagorno Karabakh Republic can negotiate in the same language,” added Petrosian.STEPANAKERT (Combined Sources)–In response to reporters’ questions, Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Foreign Minister Georgi Petrosian said Saturday that official Stepanakert will only engage in dialogue with a democratic Azerbaijan.

“One can achieve sustainable democratic development only when the country itself determines its course, taking into account its own system of values and does not use excuses to justify its international and legal commitmen’s various international structures,” said Petrosian, in discussing a recent report claiming that democratic development in Azerbaijan was difficult until the restoration of its “territorial integrity.”

“Without going into details on the alleged violation of Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity I would like to note that in contemporary international practice we can see cases where a country at war or in conflict with neighbors can demonstrate and be a democratic state,” said Petrosian, bringing Israel and India as examples of countries with deep-rooted problems with its neighbors yet having a legitimate democratic governance.

Petrosian praised the Council of Europe’s continued push for democratic principles, yet questioned the council’s continue refusal to properly acknowledge the democratization of Nagorno-Karabakh, which he said was “a natural choice” for the population.

“In Azerbaijan we see weird manifestation of democracy. Within this context, we would like to advise the Council of Europe to take the democracy in Azerbaijan and the democratic processes taking place as a whole in the region most seriously and with all responsibility. We are convinced that only a democratic Azerbaijan can become a neighbor with whom the Nagorno Karabakh Republic can negotiate in the same language,” added Petrosian.

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