Sargsyan presents Armenia’s position on Karabakh at trilateral meeting
YEREVAN, August 11. /ARKA/. Armenia’s president Serzh Sargsyan presented Yerevan’s position on Karabakh at the trilateral meeting with presidents of Russia and Azerbaijan Vladimir Putin and Ilham Aliev in Sochi.
“We believe, the conflict indeed should be solved, and it should be solved based on compromise, based on the principles proposed by OSCE Co-chairs”, Sargsyan said as quoted by Novosti-Amrenia referring to RIA Novosti.
“Azerbaijan keeps referring to four UN resolutions, but let me ask Mr Aliev – has Azerbaijan fulfilled any clause of these resolutions? The only one having fulfilled clauses of the resolutions is Armenia that used its influence to stop the military operations. And if we were back to the events of the beginning of 90ies, it would be good on the one hand, but there might be things delayed on the other hand… If we start again blaming each other, I think the conflict won’t be solved for quite long”, Sargsyan said.
Sargsyan also expressed his gratitude to Russian president Putin for aiming at the settlement.
Solving this issue is in Armenia’s national interests, he said.
Azerbaijan has largely intensified its military efforts along the line of contact with Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) since the end of July. Over 25 Azerbaijani and six Karabakh servicemen were killed in the latest raid operations and attempts by Azerbaijani troops to attack Karabakh’s positions.
The Karabakh conflict started in 1988 when prevailingly Armenian population of Nagorno-Karabakh declared withdrawal from Azerbaijan. On December 10, 1991, a referendum was held in Nagorno-Karabakh where 99.89% voted for independence from Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan responded by large-scale military operations that led to loss of control not only over Nagorno-Karabakh itself, but also over seven adjoining areas. About 25-30 thousands people were killed and about a million had to leave their homes during the military operations.
A trilateral cease-fire agreement was signed on May 12, 2004, and has been followed since then.
The ongoing Karabakh peace process started in 1992 under auspices of OSCE Minsk Group co-chaired by the USA, Russia and France. –0—