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    Interfax News Agency
    Russia & CIS General Newswire
    April 28, 2006 Friday 7:18 PM MSK

    Karabakh will never be part of Azerbaijan - Armenian minister (Part 2)

    STEPANAKERT April 28

    Nagorno-Karabakh will never be a part of Azerbaijan, said Armenian
    Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanian.

    "I don't know what status the Nagorno-Karabakh republic will have,
    but I know for sure what it will not be, namely, Nagorno-Karabakh
    will never be within Azerbaijan. This is absolutely impossible,"
    Oskanian said speaking at the Nagorno-Karabakh State University in

    Oskanian is on a working visit to Stepanakert to hold consultations
    with the leadership of the self-proclaimed republic.

    "The wheel of history cannot be turned backwards, and all that
    Azerbaijan is saying about granting Nagorno-Karabakh a highest
    possible level of autonomy within its borders should not be taken
    seriously," he said.

    The Armenian diplomatic corps sees its task in ensuring international
    recognition of Nagorno-Karabakh's independence, although this is
    "quite a difficult problem," Oskanian said.

    The foreign minister also called the creation of a comprehensive
    security system for the Armenian people an important component of
    Armenia's foreign policy. In this context, he particularly mentioned
    strategic partnership with Russia, with which Armenia has a bilateral
    agreement on mutual assistance in case of aggression against either

    Talking about possible compromises that Armenia could agree to in the
    negotiations on settling the problem of Nagorno-Karabakh, Oskanian
    said "no concessions can be made" as regards Nagorno-Karabakh's
    sovereignty, security, and permanent land communication with Armenia.

    Armenia is open to discussing any other issues concerning the
    consequences of the conflict on condition that Azerbaijan recognizes
    the Nagorno-Karabakh people's right to self-determination, Oskanian

    The only reason why Nagorno-Karabakh is not involved in the
    negotiating process between Baku and Yerevan is Azerbaijan's refusal
    to maintain dialogue with Nagorno-Karabakh, the minister said.

    Nagorno-Karabakh is formally a province of Azerbaijan populated
    mostly by ethnic Armenians, control over which Baku lost in a bloody
    conflict with Yerevan in the 1990s.