Parliament Concludes Discussion on Karabakh Resolution

YEREVAN (ArmRadio)–The Armenian National Assembly wrapped up on Monday discussion on a draft resolution for the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict.
The resolution calls for the President and Government to promote international awareness of the Karabakh Conflict, to create new policies directed toward the resolution of the conflict, and to formulate a legal case within the framework international law that will support Karabakh’s self-determination and ensure the full security of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic in case of renewed war by Azerbaijan.
The resolution’s author, National Assembly Speaker Tigran Torosyan, expressed confidence that the resolution, which is scheduled to be voted on Tuesday, will yield positive results
The resolution received an overall positive assessment by four of the five political parties represented in parliament, with only the opposition Heritage party stating that it will not vote for the draft resolution, as it is "untimely and belated."
Instead, Heritage introduced its own draft resolution into Monday’s session of Parliament, which called for the recognition of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.
But the National Assembly refused to include it on the agenda following a recommendation to delay its discussion by the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Foreign Relations.
"Our Committee has suggested that discussion of the issue be delayed in order to hold trilateral discussions between the National Assembly, the Foreign Ministry and the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic," Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Armen Rustamian said.
Torosyan explained that the rejection to include the draft resolution in the agenda had nothing to do with Armenia’s position on Karabakh independence as the issue was discussed extensively during the Armenia-Karabakh inter-parliamentary Cooperation Commission held in Stepanakert on April 18.
"Emotional speeches [on the recognition of Karabakh] do not brig us closer to the international recognition of Karabakh’s independence," he said.


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