WASHINGTON (ArmRadio)—The Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Representative to the reiterated his country’s commitment to finding a peaceful solution to the conflict and noted that recognition of the Karabakh’s independence neither violates territorial the integrity of Azerbaijan, nor threatens its existence.
As part of the 23rd anniversary of the Karabakh national-liberation movement, Robert Avetisyan delivered lectures at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution of George Mason University and New York University.
“Karabakh and Azerbaijan can be good neighbors, but their coexistence in a common political-administrative entity is impossible,” said Avetisyan said, adding that the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic is open for a constructive dialogue with Azerbaijan and expressed hope that official Baku will finally take a constructive stand, thus making a resolution to the conflict possible.
In his speeches, Avetisyan touched upon the history of the Azerbaijani-Karabakh conflict, legal and humanitarian aspects of the formulation of the Nargorno-Karabakh Republic, the war unleashed by Azerbaijan, the negotiation process, as well as the current situation in Karabakh and in the region in general.
“Since proclaiming independence in 1991, the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic continues building a stable, open and democratic society; a state, which can protect its population and provide them with the universal rights and freedoms. Meanwhile, Azerbaijan keeps on increasing its military rhetoric, constantly stating of its plans to solve the problem by force,” said Avetisyan.
At the same time, he considered it necessary to revert to the original negotiation format with Artsakh’s direct participation.
“Only a civilized, just and comprehensive settlement of the Karabakh conflict will promote the stability in the whole region and prevent new hostilities,” Robert Avetisyan noted.