YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–Armenian parliament’s foreign relations committee on Tuesday began two-day hearings on the Karabagh conflict. Senior government officials and representatives of political groups in the National Assembly will review possible resolutions.
"Common ground is on the horizon," Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian told the hearings. "But at the same time we are still far apart in our positions."
Oskanian and other speakers were unanimous in ruling out Karabagh’s return to Azeri rule under any circumstances. Opinion only differed on whether the Armenian-populated enclave should be independent or formally become part of Armenia.
ARF faction’s Armen Rustamian–who chairs the committee and is presiding over the hearings–called for the creation of an interagency body that would coordinate Armenia’s Karabagh policy. He also urged Armenia to formalize its close political–economic–and military links with Mountainous Karabagh Republic (MKR).