ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION OVER RECOGNITION OF NAGORNO KARABAKH

Tert.am
30.09.10

The Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS)
convened a roundtable discussion today entitled "Should Armenia
Recognize the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh?"

According to a release issued by the ACNIS, participants in the
discussion included several members of the Armenian parliament,
leading analysts, policy specialists, and representatives from civil
society and the media.

Welcoming the participants, ACNIS Administrative Director Karapet
Kalenchyan noted that the issue of Armenia's possible recognition of
Artsakh's independence is a timely topic for discussion, as Armenia's
parliament has accepted a proposal by the Heritage Party to schedule
a formal discussion of the issue in early October.

ACNIS Senior Analyst Manvel Sargsyan then examined the issue of
the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh's (NKR) recognition and stressed
that "by carrying out negotiations within the framework of the OSCE
Minsk Group, Armenia continues to accept the other countries' stance,
according to which NKR's status must be defined during the talks held
between the conflicting parties," Sargsyan argued.

"That is, Armenia's leadership constantly states that the status
cannot be bargained with, yet it continues to discuss the issue with
Azerbaijan, thereby actually recognizing Azerbaijan's 'entitlement'
to decide the status issue."

"Today, Armenia has nothing to combat against the anti-Armenian
resolutions that are being adopted by international organizations,
and the international policy toward Armenia now focuses more on the
existing uncertainty concerning NKR's status," explained MR Sargsyan.




From: A. Papazian