In recent days, the attention of all Armenians, without exaggeration, has been riveted on the negotiations between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) President Arayik Harutyunyan wrote about it on Facebook.
“A number of power centers have submitted proposals to the Armenian and Azerbaijani authorities on key issues regarding the settlement.
The proposed principles and approaches, if accepted and implemented, will be of crucial importance both for the Republic of Artsakh and its people, as well as for Armenia and other countries in the region.
That is why we are not allowed to make mistakes because each of them can become fatal. We are convinced that these proposals and principles which deny the right of the people of Artsakh to self-determination, deprive the prospects of a just settlement of the conflict and call into question the existence of Artsakh must be rejected once and for all. . This stems not only from the interests of the Republic of Artsakh, but also from those of the entire Armenian people, because the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Artsakh together form a single homeland and an inseparable set of values and interests. .
We welcome the statement by the Prime Minister of Armenia that Armenia agreed to work towards the establishment of state-to-state relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan at the beginning of September this year, on the based on the principles and parameters presented by Russia, and is ready to reaffirm this at the high-level meeting to be held in Sochi on October 31.
Of course, as a result of the negotiation process, we want to achieve a just and final settlement of the Karabakh conflict and international recognition of the independent status of the Republic of Artsakh. However, given the existing challenges and limited opportunities, in our view, the Russian proposals mostly meet the minimum standards that ensure Artsakh’s security and do not jeopardize its future.
We express the hope that at the end of the tripartite summit to be held on October 31, it will be possible to ensure the elements related to the fate of Artsakh. First of all, there is the untimely extension of the mission of the Russian peacekeeping troops deployed in Artsakh. Their presence in Artsakh is of vital importance, because since November 2020, Russian peacekeepers bear the main responsibility for the security of the Republic of Artsakh and its people. The second key parameter is the maintenance of at least the current status of Artsakh.
The statement of the President of the Russian Federation at the meeting of the international club “Valdai” inspires some hopes that these goals are quite achievable.
We anticipate that the vital interests of the Republic of Artsakh and, above all, the inalienable right of the people of Artsakh to self-determination will be fully protected in the upcoming negotiations. The international recognition of the right of the people of Artsakh to self-determination and the results of the realization of this right have no alternative.
We are convinced that with joint efforts we will succeed in preventing the legitimization of the consequences of the illegal use of force by Azerbaijan and its allies against the Republic of Artsakh, thereby ensuring conditions for a secure and prosperous for our homeland and our people,” the President of Artsakh added.