ANY CHANCE OF NAGORNO-KARABAKH CONFLICT"S RESOLUTION BY MILITARY WAYS MUST BE EXCLUDED: GERMAN MINISTER OF STATE

Journal of Turkish Weekly
March 30 2009

Any chance of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict's resolution by military
ways must be excluded, Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office
Gernot Erler said.

"German government is assisting with the resolution of the
Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Our efforts are focused on assisting with
[conflict's] resolution," Novosti-Armenia quoted Erler as saying at
a press conference in Yerevan.

Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office of Germany Gernot
Erler's visit to Armenia will last from March 29 to 31. Erler is
expected to meet with Armenian President Serzh Sarkisyan, Speaker
Ovik Abramyan and Vice Speaker and Armenia-Germany MP Group chair
Arevik Petrosyan.

He said the efforts based on international law such as territorial
integrity and right to self-determination have not yielded results
yet. The talks need "more practical approaches" aiming to eliminate
differences and reaching agreement.

Compromise must be reached in the talks to resolve the conflict,
Erler said. He said he will make his proposals regarding conflict's
resolution during his visit.

"Though we say talks between presidents are effective, the public must
be ready for compromise. Populism and propaganda is out of question
here. One should think about peace in the region, its future and
possess political will to assume this responsibility," he said.