SERZH SARGSYAN: KARABAKH SETTLEMENT IS NOT A MATTERS OF DAYS, WEEKS OR MONTHS

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01.09.2009 16:05

"Our primary objectives at this point include guaranteeing the security
of Nagorno Karabakh in the period of negotiations and reaching a
correct comprehension of the issue by the international community. In
this conflict the Armenian people has been acting as fighters for
survival and freedom, and no one has the right to call Artsakh an
"aggressor." Our response to this should always be sharp, confident and
convincing," President Serzh Sargsyan declared at today's meeting of
the representatives of the central apparatus of the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs and heads of Armenian diplomatic representations abroad.

Turning to the process of peaceful settlement of the Karabakh issue,
President Sargsyan said there was nothing new in the Madrid Proposals
publicized by the Co-Chairs, but this was the first time the public
heard about the principles from official sources and saw them
summed up.

"I attach great importance to the fact that the document included
no points, on which we would not have expressed our position and
approaches.

The promulgation of the document proved that we had never lied and
misled out society," the President said.

The President instructed the Ambassadors to explain to the officials
of their host countries that the resolution of the issue is not a
matter of days, weeks or months.

"Everyone should understand that we are now negotiating some points
of the main principles of settlement. Even in the event of coming to
an agreement on those, many other principles remain open. This is a
process that requires a great work," he said.