NKR FM SAYS BAKU'S MOVE TO DEBATE KARABAKH IN UN NOT GENUINE

Mediamax news agency
2 Nov 04

YEREVAN

The foreign minister of the Nagornyy Karabakh Republic (NKR), Ashot
Gulyan, said in Stepanakert today that Azerbaijan's initiative to
discuss "The status of occupied territories in Azerbaijan" at the UN
General Assembly "is fully within the Azerbaijani policy which is
aimed at diverting the attention of the international community from
the core of the Karabakh problem by means of propagandistic tricks".

Ashot Gulyan said that "Azerbaijan knows perfectly well that these
territories are under the control of the Karabakh forces, and Armenia
has nothing to do with them", Mediamax's correspondent reports from
Stepanakert.

(Passage omitted: Azerbaijan has brought many accusations against
Karabakh for many years)

The NKR foreign minister confirmed Nagornyy Karabakh's readiness to
discuss with Azerbaijan any complex issues, including those regarding
the territories.

At the same time, he pointed out that "Baku has always avoided such
discussions and is trying to wrest from the whole package only those
issues which meet its own interests to form an impression that it is
extremely interested in promoting the settlement process".

Ashot Gulyan stressed that the shortest way to settle the conflict was
the resumption of the negotiating process in the full format with the
participation of Nagornyy Karabakh as a full party to the talks.