ARMENIA SHOULD NOT RECOGNIZE THE INDEPENDENCE OF NKR, BUT LAUNCH A PROCESS IN THIS DIRECTION

armradio.am
02.04.2008 17:28

Armenia should not directly recognize the independence of Nagorno
Karabakh, but launch a process in this direction. Former Foreign
Minister of NKR Arman Melikyan told a press conference today that
if Armenia immediately recognizes the independence of Karabakh, the
international community may view it as groundless revengefulness,
and the process will be ineffective.

According to Arman Melikyan, Armenia should start negotiations with
Nagorno Karabakh on borders, defense and other issues: the policy in
this direction must be fulfilled through cooperation.

Arman Melikyan describes the Minsk Group activity as productive and
considers that it would do no harm to simultaneously hold negotiations
with NKR and prepare the international community for recognition of
the latter.

According to him, the format of talks will be maintained in the
future, but before the presidential elections Azerbaijan may take
certain steps to check the strength of the Armenian side and the Minsk
Group's principled stance. According to him, it is necessary to take
into consideration that the real processes may be launched after the
conduct of the presidential elections in Azerbaijan. The adoption of
the Resolution in the UN will become an essential moral pressure on
the Armenian side. "The Resolution is a reality, and it's impossible
to ignore it. It has a political moral value," Arman Melikyan said.

According to the speaker, the talks about the return of territories
are destructive. It's necessary to work out a concrete policy, and
the Nagorno Karabakh Republic will be first recognized by Armenia,
and latter by the international community. According to the ex-Foreign
Minister of NKR, the recognition by Armenia is dangerous.