Status of Liberated Territories is Outlined in Karabakh Constitution

STEPANAKERT (Combined Sources)–The status of the liberated territories surrounding the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic has been outlined in the Karabakh Constitution, said Karabakh Parliament Speaker Ashot Ghoulian Monday referring to the discussion of the issue between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

The Karabakh lawmaker said that in the course of the peace negotiations, no one has referred to Karabakh’s Constitution, which stipulates that “until the complete reestablishment and determination of borders, the Karabakh government has jurisdiction on all territories under its control.”

In discussing the upcoming summit of Armenian and Azeri presidents, Ghoulian said “if we are to judge the optimism of the mediators, then it seems there is will be major progress in establishing consensus on the main principles.”

On a related matter, the acting spokesperson of Armenia‘s foreign ministry Vladimir Karapetian Friday also addressed a recent wave of reports about the liberated territories.

“Unless the issue of the status of Nagorno Karabakh is clarified, and the right of self-determination is fully assured, and unless an irrevocable geographic link between Nagorno Karabakh and Armenia is secured, we are not prepared to discuss any territorial issues,” said Karapetian Friday in response to a reporter’s question.

“Regardless of who says what we can only repeat what we have frequently explained,” added Karapetian in reiterating Armenia‘s position on the matter.

Armenia‘s priority during negotiations on the Nagorno Karabakh conflict resolution is the issue of Nagorno Karabakh people’s right to self-determination, Armenian Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian told journalists Friday.

He said only after final agreement of this issue it will be possible to refer to other points. “Without solving that issue we will abstain from talks over other subjects,” he underlined.

Commenting on Council of Europe’s Secretary Gen. Terry Davis’ statement that he hoped for a resolution of the Karabakh conflict until the presidential elections in Azerbaijan and Armenia, Oskanian noted “it is desirable, but it is difficult to make concrete predictions”.

Answering a question about whether the participation of American and Russian Co-Chairs was justified in the negotiation process in the context of their statemen’s on recognizing the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, Oskanian stated that the mediators were adhering to a common viewpoint concerning Nagorno Karabakh, which is the following: the conflict must be settled through negotiations. “At the same time any solution without any restrictions is possible,” he added.


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