LEADER OF ARMENIAN DEMOCRATIC PARTY: "IF THE TALKS ON THE STATUS OF "NAGORNO KARABAKH REPUBLIC" CONTINUE, IT WOULD MEAN THAT NAGORNO KARABAKH DOES NOT HAVE IT"

Today.Az
http://www.today.az/news/politi cs/47337.html
Sept 2 2008
Azerbaijan

The status of "Nagorno Karabakh" can not be a subject of talks on
the resolution of Nagorno Karabakh conflict, said leader of Armenian
Democratic Party Aram Sargsyan.

"The talks should be held on results of the war, initiated by
Azerbaijan. If the talks on the status of "Nagorno Karabakh Republic"
continue, it would mean that Nagorno Karabakh does not have it. But
the people of "Nagorno Karabakh Republic" has already approved its
status by way of referendum and by its statehood", considers he.

The politician noted that the talks on recognition of the status of
the so-called "Nagorno Karabakh Republic are possible. He considers
that it is time for the Armenian leadership and the Foreign Ministry
of the country to reject five of the so-called Madrid principles
of the resolution of the Karabakh conflict and present their exact,
internationally approved principles of the resolution of the conflict.

"We do not speak of the problem settlement as the OSCE Minsk Group
has no mandate for it. The problem has already been settled as
considers the people of "Nagorno Karabakh Republic"-this is a problem
of self-determination of Karabakh and independence of Azerbaijan",
noted Sargsyan.

At the same time, the political scientist noted that Armenia does not
reject the talks on the settlement of "Nagorno Karabakh" conflict. He
consider that the talks should be held on the issue of territories,
refugees and IDPs, guarantees of security, cultural and moral ties.

According to the politician, the talks can be held about restoring
relations between Azerbaijan and "Nagorno Karabakh", Azerbaijan
and Armenia, which can be settled by way of concluding bilateral
agreements.

"But forget that the talks are held on the status of "Nagorno Karabakh
Republic". In line with the norms of international law, the status
is not negotiated, status is acquired by the due canonic methods,
one of which is a referendum", noted he.

Sargsyan also refuted Azerbaijan's statements that Azerbaijanis did
not take part in the referendum. Yet, according to the politician,
even if Azerbaijanis took part, it would have not influenced the
results of referendum.